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St.

Joseph Christian Elementary School


5401 Gene Field Road
St. Joseph, MO 64505
816-279-1555
www.stjosephchristian.com

Elementary Student/Parent Handbook


School Year 2010-2011

We consider the 2010-2011 SJCS Parent/ Student Handbook to be a work in progress. SJCS reserves the
right to make changes in policies and procedures as needed throughout the school year. These will be
made available to students and parents in the
biweekly announcements, under the heading ‚Handbook Updates.‛
Please be sure to attach new information to your handbook.
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Review of Handbook
2010-2011
The pages of the Lion Cub Handbook are filled with important information regarding
school policy and procedures. The handbook is reviewed and revised before the be-
ginning of each school year. We request that parents and students read and discuss the
contents together before each new school year. If you have questions that remain un-
answered after reading the handbook, please call the school office. We feel that open
and clear communication between school and home is important to the success of our
educational program.
Please complete the information below when you have finished your review, and
return this form to the office. Thank you!

We have reviewed and understand the St. Joseph Christian Elementary Lion Cub
Handbook for the 2010-2011 school year.

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Student signature, grade, and date (grades 1–6) Student signature, grade, and date (grades 1–6)

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Student signature, grade, and date (grades 1–6) Student signature, grade, and date (grades 1–6)

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Parent/guardian signature and date Parent/guardian signature and date

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What’s
Inside...

Welcome from Our Administration 7


Where We Have Been 9
What We are About 11
What We Do 25
What We Expect 33
How You Can Join Us 47
Odds And Ends<Additional information for parents 55
Preschool Supplement<Additional Information for Preschool Parents 85
Kindergarten Supplement…Additional Information for Kdg. Parents 93
Index 100

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Welcome from
our Administration

August 2010

Dear Students and Parents,


Welcome to the new school year! As you have been preparing to send your children back
to school, we have been busy preparing to receive them. We count teaching your children as
one of our greatest blessings and thank you for giving us the opportunity to do so.
When people think of St. Joseph Christian School, we want them to think first of the Lord
Jesus Christ. If we lift Him up, He will draw all men to Himself. Building upon a solid foun-
dation of training students to know the Lord and understand His principles, we can offer an
academic program that supports the teaching and learning of His truth. By imparting the
knowledge and understanding that their lives are embedded in the sovereignty and eternity of
God, we can help students discover the plans and purposes God has for each one of them.
Our prayer for SJCS students, staff, parents, and friends is that we will want to know the
Lord Jesus Christ and use our lives in such a way as to bring Him the honor and glory He so
rightly deserves.
You will find this student handbook a very helpful document as you go through the school
year. Many of the answers to your questions about SJCS can be found on the following pages,
so we hope you will keep it handy and refer to it often. If you have other questions or con-
cerns throughout the year, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, the elemen-
tary or secondary secretary, your principal, the school superintendent, or one of the other ad-
ministrators below. We believe good communication is key for a successful school year for
everyone so we are always glad to hear from you.

For His Glory,

Mrs. Lydia M. Zuidema, Ed.S, Superintendent, Elementary Principal


Mr. Danny Maggart, Secondary Principal
Mr. Scott Jenkins, Counselor
Mrs. Connie Thornton, Administrator of Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Charlotte McElroy, Operations Manager, IT Director

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Where We
Have Been...

In May of 1988, God gave a local Christian businessman, Joe Gregory, a great desire
to see an accredited Christian school established in St. Joseph. Joe wasn’t sure how to
go about making it happen, but one day he found himself (literally) on his face before
God in a hotel room in Texas. ‚God, please tell me if You want me to do something
about a Christian school in St. Joe.‛
The Lord gave Joe a vision. Joe saw the Lord standing on an incline, in front of two
doors of a school building. His arms were open wide, and children by the score were
running toward the Lord and into the school. The Holy Spirit impressed upon Joe,
‚Let the children come to me and don’t hinder them.‛
When Joe returned to St. Joseph, Pastor Ron Nichols, who served on the board of
Area Ministers for Christ with Joe, showed him an ad in the St. Joseph newspaper, list-
ing the old Everett school building for sale. Joe grabbed the paper out of Ron’s hands
and ran immediately to the school district office. He found he had only two to three
days to offer a sealed bid for the building.
Joe secured a loan for $40,000 and placed a bid of $30,000 for the property, keeping
back $10,000 for expenses such as painting, purchasing desks, etc. The St. Joseph
School District accepted Joe’s bid, and the building became the property of Area Minis-
ters for Christ, which soon became the parent corporation to St. Joseph Christian
School.
Area Ministers for Christ established a committee to identify a school board to hire
a principal. Now the board wondered, Where do you go to find a Christian school princi-
pal? One day Joe happened to be speaking to another local pastor who told him about
the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The board then arranged to
interview several candidates for principal.
Mr. David Berry was hired as St. Joseph Christian School’s first principal in July
1988. At that time, there was not a desk, chair, or telephone in the building! Within two
months, however, through miraculous acts of God and by the work of His servants,
the school was ready, and SJCS opened on September 12, 1988, with 135 students and

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ten teachers!
Throughout the years God’s hand moved in more miraculous ways. In October
1990, the school held its first fundraising dinner campaign, ‚Invest in a Child.‛ In 1991,
the school held its first Grandparents’ Day.
During the school year 1993/1994, SJCS became accredited with the Association of
Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Committee for Accredited Schools Non-
public, through the University of Missouri at Columbia. Our students were then eligi-
ble to participate in the Missouri State High School Activities Association, giving them
the opportunity to compete against public school counterparts in athletics, fine arts,
and other competitions. Since then, students have also become eligible to receive the
State of Missouri’s Bright Flight Scholarship and participate in the National Merit Pro-
gram.
When Mr. Berry left SJCS in 1998 to take a position as principal of a Christian
school in the Cayman Islands, he wrote these words: ‚Throughout the (past) decade
much has been accomplished at SJCS because of the work and prayers of countless,
faithful friends. The Lord has done much. . . .‛
Mr. Rich Fox became the new administrator of SJCS in the fall of 1998. Due to the
school’s incredible growth, Mr. Fox, at the direction of the school board, began to pur-
sue a building program, which became known as the Nehemiah Project. Also during
his first year at SJCS, the school became accredited by North Central Association of
Schools and Colleges, added a football team and a learning-disabilities program.
God’s faithfulness through the Nehemiah Project enabled the elementary grades,
staff, and teachers to move into the new facility at Gene Field and Riverside Roads in
the summer of 2002, with secondary students having access to the new gymnasium,
football field, and track. Just three years later, a media center and twelve additional
classrooms were completed. Secondary faculty, staff, and students were able to move
to the new campus for the 2005-2006 school year. Plans for the final stage of the Nehe-
miah Project include a cafetorium, band room, and High School offices. The ‚old
building‛ at 14th and Olive Streets was closed and sold in the summer of 2005.
In the spring of 2006, Mr. Fox shared with the Board his sense that God was calling
him to something new. Mrs. Lydia Zuidema became the new superintendent of SJCS
in the summer of 2006.
Having served SJCS for many years, Mrs. Zuidema has watched multiple times as
children are called from the playground and marveled at the faithfulness of God in ful-
filling the vision He gave Mr. Gregory so many years ago! These children, she ob-
serves, run unhindered straight into the arms of Jesus.
As we strive to fully acknowledge His hand, we desire to lift up, not people or pro-
grams, but Jesus Christ. We are grateful that God in His sovereignty continues to bless
the skills, talents, commitment, and prayers of the parents, teachers, staff, students,
and friends of SJCS.

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What We
Are About...

VISION
To glorify Jesus Christ by equipping students to impact their world for Him.

MISSION
To provide students a biblically-based Pre-K through twelfth grade educational
program that strives for excellence in the development of young men and women who
will know and serve Jesus Christ with all their heart, mind, and strength. SJCS will
partner with parents, churches, and the community to provide students a wide-range
of educations, mission and service opportunities, based on a biblical worldview.

PHILOSOPHY
St. Joseph Christian School is a non-denominational, private Christian school strate-
gically located to serve Pre-K through twelfth grade students from the Northwest Mis-
souri/Northeast Kansas area. The school’s purpose is to partner with Christian parents
in their God-given responsibility to encourage, discipline, and instruct their children.
Based in a bibilical worldview, instruction at SJCS builds in core curricula at the lower
levels and expands to provide college-preparatory course-work at the upper levels, as
well as NILD (National Institute for Learning Disabilities) services Pre-K—12.

CORE VALUES: SJCS


Scholarship: Maximizing academic achievement for all students.
Jesus Christ: Encouraging all students to make Jesus Christ LORD of their lives.
Character: Encouraging development of Christ-like character in all students.
Service: Providing opportunities for all students to serve Jesus Christ by serving
others.

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STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Word of God
The Word of God, in both the Old and New Testaments, is inerrant as originally
given. It is inspired by God, and it is the complete revelation of Himself to man. It is
the consistent, only word of God (2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21; Rev. 22:18–19).

God
There is one and only one living God. He is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in
three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 Tim. 1:17; Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:10–11).

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the eternal, only Son of God, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of a virgin birth. Jesus is truly God and truly man. He died on the cross as a
substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Jesus by faith are justified on the basis of
His shed blood on the cross. Jesus died and physically rose again after three days and
ascended into heaven where He is exalted at the right hand of the Father. He will
physically return to judge the world and establish His kingdom (John 1:1–3; Isa. 7:14;
Matt. 1:18; 1 Cor. 15:3–4; 1 Tim. 1: 15–17).

The Holy Spirit


The Holy Spirit is sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower believers. The Holy
Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:13–14; 1
Cor. 6:19; John 16:7–8).

Mankind
Mankind was originally created without sin and in the image and likeness of God.
He sinned through disobedience and incurred physical and spiritual death. The eternal
soul of a man is given at conception, and as eternal, will experience either eternal life
in heaven or eternal death in hell, based upon one’s relationship with Christ (Gen. 1:26,
27; Ps. 139:13–16; Jer. 1:5; Rom. 3:23; Rev. 20:10–15; 1 John 5:11,12).

Salvation
Salvation has been provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for
all who by faith believe in Him as Savior. All who personally accept Him as Savior are
born again and receive the Holy Spirit, the gift of eternal life, and become children of
God (John 1:14–18; 1 Cor. 15:3–4; Eph. 2:8–9; 1 John 5:9–13; John 1:12).

ACCREDITATION
St. Joseph Christian School is fully accredited grades K–12 by both the Association
of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and North Central Association of Schools
and Colleges (NCA).
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CHARACTERISTICS OF ST. JOSEPH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
St. Joseph Christian School is a non-denominational school, grades pre-
kindergarten through twelve, sponsored by the Area Ministers for Christ Corporation.
(Pre-kindergarten is available to four and five years olds (child must be age four by July 1).
Grades kindergarten through six offer music, physical education, art, and computer classes in
addition to regular studies. Fifth and sixth grade students may also choose band as an optional
course. Students have Bible class daily and chapel about once a week.

Area Ministers for Christ (AMC) Statement of Positions


1. Biblical Worldview - The AMC defines ‚biblical worldview‛ as believing that ab-
solute moral truths exist and that such truth is defined by the Bible.

2. Creation verses Evolution - The AMC believes that the universe was purposefully
created by God to bring Him glory and not by random chance (evolution). Although
the AMC board members personally believe in a literal six-day creation, affirming
God’s omnipotence to have created a fully mature world in six literal days (for exam-
ple, we believe Adam was fully mature at creation, though only seconds old), we do
not take sides in the debate between ‚old earth‛ and ‚young earth‛ creationists.

3. America’s Christian Heritage – The AMC affirms the Christian heritage of the
United States of America while acknowledging many political and societal failures in
our nation’s history.

4. Education – The AMC believes that the highest goal of education should be to honor
and glorify Jesus Christ.

5. Evangelism – The AMC is committed to reaching the world with the gospel of Jesus
Christ and resolutely asserts that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to God
(salvation).
6. Marriage – The AMC defines marriage as a sacred, life-long covenant between one
man and one woman.

7. Children – The AMC affirms that children are a gift from God and that parents will
give an account to God for the nurturing and training of their children.

8. Family – The AMC affirms the ‚nuclear‛ family as the building block of society, ide-
ally comprised of two parents, a husband and a wife, and any children produced by
their union or through adoption.

9. The Sanctity of Human Life – The AMC affirms a pro-life position regarding the un-

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born, the aged, and the mentally or physically challenged. The AMC resolutely stands
against abortion, embryonic stem cell research, the ‚harvesting‛ of human embryos for
any purpose, and euthanasia.

10. Sexuality – The AMC believes that heterosexual unions outside marriage, homo-
sexual unions, sexual abuse of children and the use of pornographic materials are sin-
ful, deviant behaviors.

11. Social Responsibility – The AMC believes that Christians are called upon by God
to defend and support the family, church and government according to God’s in-
tended (biblical) purpose for each.

12. Unity of the Faith – The AMC affirms that, despite our individual doctrinal prefer-
ences and distinctions, all believers in Jesus Christ who hold to the basic tenants of sal-
vation by faith in Christ alone are valued members of the Body of Christ and we
strongly support and celebrate the distinctives that bring strength to the whole.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
SJCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in
the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, sponsorship pro-
grams, athletic programs, and other school-administered programs.

ST. JOSEPH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BOARD


Purpose and Responsibility
As the fiduciary group designated by the Area Ministers for Christ Corporation,
the school board seeks God to determine His will for the school, establishes policies of
operation, devises ways and means to fund the school, recommends the hiring of the
superintendent to the Area Ministers for Christ board, approves the hiring of all staff
and faculty with recommendations from school administrators, approves the annual
budget and determines short and long-range goals.

Job Description
Purpose: To establish policy for the operation of St. Joseph Christian School which is
sponsored by the parent corporation, Area Ministers for Christ Corporation.

Immediate Supervisor: The Area Ministers for Christ Board of Directors.

Functions and Responsibilities:


1. To diligently seek God’s will for the school and make policy decisions in accor-
dance with His leading.

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2. Devise ways and means for funding operation of school and determine how these
funds shall be distributed.
3. Determine long- and short-range goals.
4. Approve an annual budget.
5. Approve all curricula and teaching methods.
6. Approve annual school calendar.
7. Approve job descriptions for all staff and administration with input from immedi-
ate supervisor of each position.
8. Select and interview candidates for chief administrator position. Recommend cho-
sen candidate to Area Ministers for Christ board who officially employs chief ad-
ministrator.
9. With recommendation from chief administrator or immediate supervisor, approve
employment of all staff and personnel.
10. Make recommendation of St. Joseph Christian School board candidates to Area
Ministers for Christ board who appoints and removes school board members.
11. Establish policies of operation for school and maintain and update a Policy Manual.
The Policy Manual will include all current written policies for the total operation of
the system, job descriptions of all staff, personnel and administrative positions and
a description of committee functions and procedures.
12. Members may not interfere with daily administration of the school.
13. Members should not miss more than two board meetings per year unless special
circumstances preclude attendance.
14. Perform other duties and functions commensurate with the needs of the school.

Term of office: three years beginning month of appointment by Area Ministers for
Christ Board of Directors. A member may serve for three consecutive terms, but then
must be off the board for a minimum of one year.

Qualifications
1. Board members represent a broad spectrum of representation from area evangelical
churches.
2. Spiritual Qualities
A. Has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. (Rom. 10: 9-10)
B. Demonstrates a conviction that God has called him/her to become involved in
a Christian school ministry. (Rom. 11: 29; 12: 6-7)
C. Demonstrates a consistent outward evidence of an inward Christian
character. (2 Peter 1: 5-11)
D. Maintains a regular, contributing involvement in an evangelical church
having a doctrine which is in agreement with the school’s Statement of
Faith and which is scripturally sound in its teaching. (Heb. 10: 23-25

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E. Is convinced of the importance of prayer and a daily time of meditation in the
Word of God and actively pursues a relationship with God. (Ps. 42: 1-2)
F. Demonstrates spiritual maturity, a teachable spirit; and has a clear conscience
before God and man. (Titus 2: 2-8)
G. Has a workable knowledge of the Word of God, knowing how to feed
himself spiritually. (2 Tim. 3: 14-17)
3. Family Home
A. Demonstrates a conviction to fulfill the responsibilities to one’s spouse as
outlined in Ephesians 5: 22-33, and views marriage as a reflection of the
relationship between Christ and His church.
B. Family provides a positive testimony for Jesus Christ. (Eph. 6: 1-4)
C. Demonstrates sexual purity. The only acceptable sexual relationship is
within the bonds of marriage between a husband and wife.
(Rom. 1: 26-27; 1 Cor. 6: 17-20)
D. Each board member having qualified children shall have them enrolled in St.
Joseph Christian School.
4. Spouses of currently serving board members may not be employed by the school in
positions of authority or as faculty that would impinge the impartial judgment of
the board member or administration.
5. The children of currently serving board members may not be employed by the
school.
6. Board members must be team players: able to work as a group reaching joint deci-
sions. Board memebrs must not advance a particular agenda.
7. Board members should not miss more than two board meetings per year unless
special circumstances preclude their attendance.

Selection Process
1. Nominations for SJCS board members may come from the school administrators,
Area Ministers for Christ Board of Directors, and/or the St. Joseph Christian School
Board of Directors, and/or the parents of currently enrolled SJCS students (Form is at
the end of this section). Once a recommendation has been given to the board chairman
it is his/her responsibility to direct the recommendation to the school board and issue a
prospective board member packet if necessary.

2. Qualifications for SJCS board members are given to the nominee(s) along with a
prospective board member packet which contains:
Detailed selection process
Pastor/deacon recommendation form
Nominee self-evaluation form
Study materials

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3. Nominee(s) carefully consider the SJCS board member qualifications in prayer seek-
ing God’s direction. In response to God’s direction, the nominee(s) indicates whether
he/she would like to continue the selection process with an interview by the SJCS
board.

4. Each nominee is interviewed by the SJCS board. Following the interview, board
members decide whether to recommend the individual to the Area Ministers for Christ
Board of Directors for the final interview.

5. The nominee is interviewed by the Area Ministers for Christ Board of Directors. The
Area Ministers Board makes the final decision on appointment of the nominee to the
SJCS Board of Directors.

Offices and Duties


The Board of Directors shall elect from its membership the officers: Chairman and
Vice– chairman. The secretary may be elected from the Board or serve on the staff in
another capacity as the board deems appropriate. The term of each officer shall be for
one year. Officers may be re-elected. One member of the AMC Board of Directors must
be a member of the SJCS Board of Directors.

The authority and responsibility of the officers are:


The Chairman shall coordinate the workings of the Board of Directors, preside at all
meetings of the board, and is an ex-officio member of all committees of the board.
The Vice-chairman shall perform the duties of the chairman in his absence and shall
have any other duties determined by the Board of Directors.
The Secretary shall record and maintain a file of minutes of the Board of Directors and
any other records, as determined by the Board of Directors. The secretary shall be re-
sponsible for all correspondence of the Board of Directors.

SJCS Board Committee Assignments 2010/2011


Finance Committee – Sharon Cornelius, chair, Frank Freudenthal, Charlie Schmitz,
David Gregory, Ron Moutray (Sue Dornhoffer, Lydia Zuidema)

Curriculum Committee – Marcia Buhman, board chair, Joey Austin, (Connie Thornton,
School-wide Curriculum Committee Chair, Danny Maggart, Lydia Zuidema)

Personnel/Staff Welfare – Diane Morrey chair, Marcia Buhman, Sharon Cornelius,


Charlie Schmitz (Charlotte McElroy – as requested; Lydia Zuidema)

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Facilities – Ron Moutray, chair, David Gregory, Charlie Schmitz (Charlotte McElroy,
Danny Maggart, Lydia Zuidema)

Public Relations/Funding – Joey Austin, chair, Charlie Schmitz, Sharon Cornelius,


David Gregory, (Lydia Zuidema, Veronica Ferguson, Sue Dornhoffer)

Spiritual Life – Lydia Zuidema, chair, Marcia Buhman, Joey Austin (Danny Maggart,
David Lindsey)

Executive Committee of the Board – Frank Freudenthal, David Gregory, Charlie


Schmitz

2010/2011 Officers of the Board


AMC Board Rep Frank Freudenthal
Chairperson Charlie Schmitz
Vice-chair David Gregory
Secretary Charlotte McElroy

The board chairman is an ex-officio member of each board committee, and may attend
and vote at all committee meetings.

The executive committee of the board is empowered by the board to take action on
behalf of the board on emergency issues that may arise between board meetings.

The SJCS board usually meets once a month during the school year and as needed
during the summer; time and location to be determined by the board. For the past sev-
eral years the board has met the second Wednesday of the month during the school
day. Parents are welcome to attend; please contact Mrs. Zuidema, superintendant, at
816-279-3760, X505 for specifics.

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ST. JOSEPH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
High School & Jr. High Elementary
5401 B Gene Field 5401 Gene Field
St. Joseph, MO 64506 St. Joseph, MO 64506
(816)279-3760 (816)279-1555

A Ministry of the Area Ministers for Christ

School Board Member Recommendation Form


For SJCS Parent Use

I recommend _________________ for consideration as a St. Joseph Christian


School Board Member in accordance with the school’s board selection process as
outlined in the student handbook.
____I believe this person meets the board member qualifications as outlined in the
student handbook.
____I believe this person is able to work well with others, striving toward a consensus
in decision making.
____I believe this person is able to keep strict confidence.

I believe this person would be a positive addition to the SJCS board because________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________

Parent signature___________________________________ Date________________

Please send completed and signed form to either school office addressed
ATTN: School Board President.

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St. Joseph Christian School
Photo Release Form
Parent Permission

Please sign and return this form only if you do not grant permission for the release
of your child(ren)’s photo and name for possible use in SJCS promotional
materials; SJCS publications, including electronic publications (i.e. email,
website); local newspaper publications; and on social networking sites
(i.e. Facebook, etc). Non-return of this form implies consent.

I do not grant permission for my child(ren)’s photo to be used in any SJCS


publications.

Signature, parent or guardian __________________________________________


Printed name ______________________________
Date _____________________________________

SJCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies,
admissions policies, sponsorship programs, athletic programs, and other school-administered programs.

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PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
Communication
Because God has given parents the responsibility to train their children, it is
imperative that they know what is happening in their child’s school life. We feel that
open and clear communication between school and home is important to the success of
our educational program.

Administrators and teachers communicate with parents through email announce-


ments, Facebook, personal email, teachers’ weekly letters, by phone and conferences.
Teachers’ weekly letter
Parents are strongly encouraged to establish a habit of thoroughly reading the
teacher’s weekly letter, sent home each Friday, for news about what students are learn-
ing, upcoming events and other classroom details. Once you have read the teacher’s
weekly letter, if you still have questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

Parents may communicate with administrators and teachers via email (teacher’s last
name and first initial @ sjcs.k12.mo.us) or by calling the school, 816-279-1555.

Use of student photographs in school communications


From time to time, SJCS uses photographs of students in our promotional mate-
rials; publications, including electronic publications (i.e. email, website); local newspa-
per publications; and on social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, etc). Parents who do
not wish for their student’s photographs to be used in this way must sign and return
the Photo Release Form located in this handbook or available at the school office.

Problems/concerns
At SJCS, we strive to deal with problems and concerns in a Christ-like manner. Dis-
agreements with other parents, teachers, and administrators are handled according to
the principles explained in Matthew 18:15 - 17. The appropriate steps for addressing
problems/ concerns are:
Go to the person with whom you disagree. Please refrain from sharing your
concern with others.
If unresolved, ask the principal for a conference with the person(s) involved.
Any further concerns may be taken to the school board.

Additionally, please keep in mind the following:


Do not assume you have all the facts. Remember that there are two sides to
every story.
Refrain from gossip. Gossiping can be easy to do when conflict is occurring.
Agree to disagree. Not all of us are going to agree on every issue every time.

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Volunteerism
One distinction of the body of Christ is the Holy Spirit’s work in uniquely distributing
gifts to each member of the Body:

‚Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source
of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are
serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the
work through all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire
church. It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which
gift each person should have.‛ (1 Corinthians 12: 4-7, 11 NLT)

As members of Christ’s Body functioning in ministry together with administrators


and teachers to ‚equip students to serve Christ‛, parents are asked to share their many
and various gifts and abilities with the school in any number of ways.
As an excellent way for families to participate in the school’s ministry, each family
is asked to abide by the school’s policy to contribute and log at least twenty hours per
school year in volunteer work. To assist parents in this, each family is asked to com-
plete a Parent Volunteer Form as part of the enrollment process. Information from this
form is logged into a database that allows the school to notify parents of volunteer op-
portunities in their area(s) of interest throughout the school year. Ultimately, however
it is the responsibility of parents to fulfill their volunteer hours and record them in a
notebook located just outside the elementary office.
Examples of volunteer opportunities might include:
Athletic events
Building maintenance
Classroom help; bulletin boards, field trips, parties, filing, etc.
Computer support
Fundraising (see below)
Library
Parent Teacher Fellowship (see below)
School mailings
Snow removal/ Grounds care
Serving lunches

School budget/ Fundraising


Tuition and fees at St. Joseph Christian School have been set well below the actual
cost of educating students because it is the desire of the school board and administra-
tion to support parents of varying incomes in realizing their desire to provide a Chris-
tian education for their children.
SJCS actively pursues financial donations from businesses, churches, and individu-
als to offset the ‚gap‛ between the school’s budget and tuition/fees received.
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(Contributions are tax-deductible.)
Because the school board/administration is committed to being good stewards of
the resources of which we are entrusted, careful and prayerful consideration is given
to the school’s budget. We greatly appreciate the volunteer efforts and financial gener-
osity of our school parents and friends, which make possible a variety of services and
opportunities that might be difficult to offer otherwise.
St. Joseph Christian School offers the following fundraising opportunity to our
families and friends each year (subject to change):
Annual Fundraising Dinner, held in the fall, invites SJCS families/friends to an evening
which features dinner, the showcasing of various academic/extra-curricular programs,
information about the school’s yearly budget, and an opportunity to participate finan-
cially through one-time or monthly giving to the school. This is always an evening to
remember, and all SJCS families are encouraged to attend regardless of their ability to
participate in giving.

Athletic Booster Club


SJCS’s athletic department is a self-supporting (does not receive monies from
the regular school budget) organization that benefits all students, preschool through
twelfth grades. PE classes enjoy use of the gymnasium, track, and athletic equipment.
Fourth through sixth grade boys and girls may participate in extra curricular basket-
ball, and junior high and high school students may enjoy a variety of extra-curricular
sports options.
SJCS’s Athletic Booster Club was formed to facilitate parents’ involvement with the
athletic department. Parent volunteers are essential to help in many ways from taking
money at the gate of a home game to fundraising to assistant coaching. If you’re a par-
ent of an SJCS student, the Athletic Booster Club welcomes you!
Equipping an athletic department to provide such a range of activities is no small
task! While we have benefited from the gracious generosity of several individuals over
the years, and student athletes do pay athletic fees to participate in extra-curricular
sports, additional fund raising is always a part of the athletic fiscal year.
Through SJCS’s elementary basketball tournaments and the sale of school
‚spiritwear‛, the Booster Club has been able to purchase a new score table for the gym,
padded benches for team seating, a podium suitable for use at different school events,
and other items for the athletic department.

Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF)


The Parent Teacher Fellowship is a service organization that aids the school and its
families, with a mission to foster fellowship among parents and teachers, ultimately
bringing the home and the school into a close relationship.
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their student(s). Teachers and staff complete our membership.
PTF’s Executive Committee consists of six officers: President, Vice-president, Secre-
tary, Treasurer, Chaplain and Elementary Executive Room Coordinator. Parents only,
no members of the school board, teachers, or staff are elected to these offices.
The PTF Board consists of the Executive Committee and the class representatives.
Parents serve as the PTF Representative and the PTF Room Parent in each elementary
class.
The PTF Representative:
Attends PTF meetings.
Communicates to class parents the activities and needs of the PTF.
Organizes the food donations for the monthly Teacher In-Service, Par-
ent/Teacher Conferences, Monthly Staff Birthday Cookies (classes rotate this re-
sponsibility).
The PTF Room Parent:
Organizes a ‚class get together‛ before the end of first quarter.
Organizes class parties for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
Assists the teacher with any additional parties, field trips, classroom needs.
Assists the Class Representative.
The PTF meetings are held several times each year. The meetings are open to eve-
ryone, and the executive officers and class representatives are strongly encouraged to
attend all meetings.
The PTF receives a membership fee from each student’s Activity/Field Trip Fee,
collected by the school. These monies help to cover the cost of the teachers’ birthday
gift certificate and a Thanksgiving ham or turkey.
Through our fundraising endeavors, the Parent Teacher Fellowship has purchased
many items for the school. Watch the school announcements for current information
about PTF fundraising opportunities.

SCRIP
Scrip is a term that means ‚substitute money‛. The SJCS SCRIP program allows
our families and friends to purchase gift cards from specific stores which can be used
just like cash. Dozens of stores like HyVee, Lowes, Pizza Hut, and Blockbuster partici-
pate in the SCRIP program. Each participating business donates back to SJCS a certain
percentage of the scrip monies bought from their business. SJCS’s school board has di-
rected that our SCRIP proceeds will be used in two ways: half will be credited to the
tuition account of the family who purchased the SCRIP and the other half will be used
for financial assistance needs at the school.
The reason for the effectiveness of scrip is simple: families produce revenue by
making purchases they would make anyway; groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, etc. Even
grandparents and others outside of SJCS can use scrip, all they have to do is designate

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a family to receive the tuition reimbursement, or designate the entire amount to the
tuition assistance fund.
Families may register online to purchase scrip: www.shopwithscrip.com. Use our
school’s enrollment code: A821FEAL747L.

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What We Do...

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Curriculum
God is the source of all truth. Man’s wisdom and knowledge come from God’s wis-
dom and understanding. SJCS students are discovering what God has foreordained.
SJCS uses curriculum (most of which is written from a Christian perspective) that is
compatible with biblical teachings. SJCS is divided by grade level, and certified teach-
ers provide instruction in each classroom. SJCS fully meets the State of Missouri pro-
fessional development criteria for teacher re-certification.
One way SJCS analyzes the effectiveness of the curriculum is by examining stan-
dardized test score results. The curriculum committee, the principal, and teachers re-
view the test results each year and note areas where improvements can be made. Spe-
cial attention is paid to the curricular area that will next be addressed on the curricu-
lum review cycle. In addition, the curriculum committee examines state and national
standards that have been developed in that curriculum area and reviews other schools’
curriculum guides to see if content, methods, etc. need to be adjusted.

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Elementary Grading Scale

A+ 100 Accelerated work level.


A 95-99 Mastering all concepts and working
A- 90-94 above grade level.
B+ 87-89 Has mastered grade level skills.
B 83-86 Student has completed required work.
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79 Is progressing at grade level.
C 73-76
C- 70-72 Student is still working to master skills.
D+ 67-69 Having difficulty w/ grade level skills.
D 63-66 Student is working below 70% accuracy on a
D- 60-62 consistent basis.
F 0-59 Is progressing at an unsatisfactory or inadequate skill
level.
I Incomplete work.

Additional Elementary Grading Information

Academic awards
Students in grades one through six will be eligible for an academic award (with all
As or all As and Bs) at the end of the school year.
Enrichment classes (First through Fourth Grades)
Grading for special classes (music, art, PE, computer) will be denoted as S, S+, or S-
(satisfactory) for students grades one through four.
Enrichment classes (Fifth and Sixth Grades)
We prepare our students to receive letter grades in enrichment classes beginning in
seventh grade, by showing their scores as percentages in fifth and sixth grade. Parents
may contact enrichment class teachers with additional questions.
ART – Fifth and sixth grade students use elements of art and the principles of
design to create compositions. A variety of media will be used. Classes meet once a
week, and three to four projects are completed per quarter. Grading is based on crea-
tive ideas and imagination, following specific objectives, good craftsmanship, and
staying on task and completing the project on time.
BAND – Fifth and sixth grade band introduces students to a band instrument
and the tools to learn to read and play music. The class meets twice a week. Student
grades are determined based on class participation, having his/her instrument and mu-
sic at each session, playing test scores and concert performance.
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increase awareness of the keyboard design, and to enhance speed and accuracy when
typing. Students are also introduced to the Microsoft Office Suite including Word,
Power Point and Excel applications. Assignments are correlated to classroom curricu-
lum. Grading is integrated by classroom teachers into curriculum being studied. Stu-
dents also gain access to the World Wide Web which allows for research and further
topical exploration. Classes meet twice a week for thirty minutes, and additional time
may be scheduled as needed by the classroom teacher.
MUSIC – Fifth and sixth grade music students progress in their ability to sing
and learn music terms and symbols. Grading is based on performance and scores on
tests, quizzes, etc. Classes meet twice a week for thirty minutes.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Fifth and sixth grade physical education involves
combining three aspects: sports, fitness, and Christian character training. These as-
pects involve ‚actions‛ that reflect the student: Attendance, Attire, Attitude, Ability,
and Activities and Assignments. Grading is based on combining these aspects and ac-
tions together to give an overall profile of the student’s performance & progress.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten


Students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten do not receive letter grades on their
report cards.

First and second grades


Grades for Bible, Penmanship, Social Studies, and Science will be denoted as S, S+,
S- (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) on the report cards of students in first and second
grades.

Transfer/acceptance of prior grades


All students enrolling in SJCS will be given an entrance exam to determine place-
ment. If a student enrolls mid-year, SJCS will honor grades from the previous school
year to determine the student’s eligibility for year-end honor roll. If a student has been
home-schooled, the administration well determine the acceptability of prior grades af-
ter reviewing supporting documentation.

Academic Modifications Program


The Academic Modifications Program (AMP) was developed to assist students
with the demanding academic challenges of St. Joseph Christian School. It is to be used
for Discovery Program students and other SJCS students with learning difficulties as
demonstrated by standardized test scores and/or identified by teachers and must be
approved by the administration.

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Homework Policy
Homework is a vital component of instruction at SJCS and contributes to the devel-
opment of student responsibility and independence. It is designed primarily to rein-
force and practice regular class instruction. Second, reading assignments and other
types of preparation homework are given to prepare students for future lessons or
concepts. Less frequently, homework projects are assigned to enrich and extend regu-
lar course work and enhance individual creativity.
Homework begins in kindergarten with parent-child reading assignments and in-
creases steadily through high school, when one to two hours of homework per night
can be expected. St. Joseph Christian School considers it essential for parents to estab-
lish a regular time and place for their student to complete homework. It is critical for
students to have a quiet environment where they can learn to concentrate and use time
effectively.
Students in grades three through six who repeatedly submit late or incomplete
homework will be required to attend after school detention with the principal.
Homework detention will be assigned at the discretion of the teacher and principal.
Time spent on homework may vary from student to student. However, if your stu-
dent begins to spend unusual amounts of time on homework each night or claims to
never have assignments, please contact his or her teacher.
Consider the following homework guidelines:*
Kindergarten: Ten to fifteen minutes twice per week, beginning the second se-
mester. This is in addition to outside reading requirements for Book-It, etc.
Grades One and Two: Fifteen to twenty minutes three times per week, in addition
to outside reading requirements.
Grade Three: Twenty to thirty minutes per day, in addition to outside reading
requirements.
Grade Four: Thirty to forty minutes per day, in addition to outside reading re-
quirements.
Grades Five and Six: Forty-five to sixty minutes per day, in addition to outside
reading requirements.

*Please note: Teachers often provide time in class for students to begin their
homework assignments.

Grade Reports
Go.Edustar Parents Online
Effective communication is a key indicator of a successful school. At SJCS we be-
lieve that open and clear communication between school and home is vital to the suc-
cess of our educational program. Go.Edustar Parents Online allows parents online ac-
cess to view student grades, attendance records, and personal information.

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General Information
Parents Online Access Request Forms (located on the school website) must be
signed and returned to either school office before access is granted.
Parents may check grades at any time; the date when the finalized quarterly report
card may be viewed will be announced each quarter. Teachers use different grading
techniques and policies. Please check with the teacher if you are unsure of the grading
policy for a specific class. Some assignments and/or categories may be weighted differ-
ently than others. Therefore, simple arithmetic average of grades may not reflect your
student’s actual grade.
Parent Online access is available to every legal parent/guardian of a student en-
rolled at St. Joseph Christian School.
Parents/guardians will not share their passwords with anyone. Each legal parent/
guardian may set up his/her own secure account. Note: Your student (5th and 6th grades
only) has been trained on Go.Edustar and will have his/her own account and secure password.
Students’ records for preschool, kindergarten, and first grades are not online and
have no plans to do so at this time. Kindergarten and first grade students’ parents
must check directly with teachers regarding achievement information.

Frequently Asked Questions


Question: Whom should I contact if I have a question about my student’s grades,
attendance, schedule, etc.?
1. Your student’s teachers. Teachers email contact info is available on the school
web site at www.stjosephchristian.com, or in the school buzz book.
2. For general attendance questions and questions related to absences requested by
parents/guardians, please refer to your Parent/Student Handbook. If you still have
questions, you may contact the school office.

Question: Do all teachers post grade and attendance information to Parents Online?
No. Pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade do not post grades, and some teachers (mainly
primary grades) may choose to simply post the average from their traditional grade
books.

Question: How often can I expect grades to be updated? Generally, daily grades are
updated within a week from the time the assignment was due. However, special pro-
jects may take longer. Grade reports are typically posted within the week after the
close of the quarter or semester. End of the year report cards/transcripts are finalized
no later than the end of June. Parents will be notified by email when grades have been
posted and are ready for viewing.

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Question: What is required to connect to the Parents Online? Users need the follow-
ing to connect:
1. a computer with a connection to the internet
2. an updated web browser: IE 6.0, Firefox 1.07 or later, Safari
3. a login ID and password

Question: What can I see on the Parents Online/Students Online site?


Parents and students (each using their own secure login) can access the following in-
formation on the Parents Online:
1. grades for current classes, as well as the assignments that make up those grades
2. attendance summary
3. student information
4. immunizations
5. class schedule
6. unofficial transcript

Most of the information may be printed at home utilizing the print button.

Question: Can other people see my son’s/daughter’s grades?


No. As long as you protect your ID and password, others will not be able to see your
student’s information.

Question: What do I do if forget my login information or my password or my ID has


been compromised?
Contact the instructional technology director. Security features in Parents/Students
Online will allow only three mistyped attempts to log in. At that point, the account is
locked and will require the I.T. director to unlock the account and assign a different
password.

Question: How does one get a Parents Online login and password?
Complete the Parents Online Application form and bring it to the either office. You
will receive email confirmation when your account has been activated.

Question: I know that teachers sometimes weight different categories of


grades. How does this affect how a grade is calculated?
Some teachers calculate grades by total points and others use categories such as tests,
quizzes, and/or daily work to organize and give different weights to grades; how
teachers weight grades is an individual decision. To understand a specific grade calcu-
lation, please contact the individual teacher.

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Question: How often can I expect attendance to be updated?
Attendance is updated daily. Unexcused absences may take a few extra days to be up-
dated (if changed to excused), depending on the number of absences, promptness of
the parent excuse note, and/or day of the week.

Here’s how you can begin via the internet viewing your student’s progress:
1. Log onto the school website at: www.stjosephchristian.com.
2. Click on ‚Parents, click here for a pdf "parents online" form‛ at the bottom of the
school’s home page.
3. Print the form, fill it out, sign it, and turn it in to either school office.
4. You will receive an email from Go.Edu that will ask you to click on a link. If you
do not receive this email, check in your spam for it; some have gone to spam. Click on
the link, and it will take you to the login screen. This is all you have to do in this step.
Do not try to login in yet; this step is only to activate your account. Close out of this
screen.
5. Go to the St. Joseph Christian School website: www.stjosephchristian.com and
click on the ‚Parents Online‛ button on the right side bottom of the home page or go to
https://goedustar.harriscomputer.com/POL. Your login name will be your email ad-
dress, and the password should be the birth date of your oldest child attending St.
Joseph Christian School. Carefully type in your log in information.

***Due to security measures, you will be allowed only three unsuccessful attempts to log in be-
fore your account is locked. You will then need to contact the instructional technology director
and request that your account be unlocked and have a new password issued.

Tests
Tests will be given regularly in each subject area to measure student achievement.

Standardized Testing
All students in grades kindergarten through six take the standardized tests (ACSI
testing program) in the spring. This ACSI testing program uses the Stanford Achieve-
ment Test (tenth edition) and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. Students
(kindergarten through second grade and occasionally older students) may be given the
Basic Reading Inventory (Johns Test) to assess their reading levels.

SEARCH Testing (Kindergarten)


Each fall, a screening test called SEARCH may be given to kindergarten students.
The SEARCH test consists of a series of perceptual game-type activities (not a pass/fail
type test). Results are used to help plan for students’ success in elementary school.

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Student Cumulative Files
Information kept in the students’ cumulative folders consists of admissions infor-
mation (including previous school records and copy of birth certificate); achievement
and aptitude test scores; past grades; and any special testing information. The health
file contains immunizations, screening data, athletic physicals, allergy/asthma details,
and parental release for medication administration at school.
In accordance with state policies and the Safe Schools Act, schools must use the stu-
dent’s legal name as documented on the birth certificate on student cumulative files
and official school records. (Parents may request that a teacher use a special shortened
or nickname, etc. in the classroom.)
Professional staff has access to student cumulative records. Administration may
release records to parents or forward them to a school district with a written request
and after books are returned and fees are paid.

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What We
Expect...

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance and punctuality are essential to the quality of a student’s


education, and are required by law in the State of Missouri. At St. Joseph Christian we
believe one way students learn about commitment, respect and responsibility to their
school is through regular attendance and being punctual. This character development
helps equip them to serve Christ. We ask that parents make every effort to have their
students at school regularly and on time.

Tardy Policy
A student will be considered tardy if s/he arrives between 8:00 and 8:20AM. The
magnetic locking system is turned on at 8:00AM, after which time, students should
report to the office for a tardy pass. (See preschool/kindergarten sections of this
handbook for additional procedures relating to those classes.)
Students who are tardy more than twice in a quarter will be assessed a fine of $4.00
for each subsequent tardy that quarter. The only tardies that will be exempt are
those waived by the administration (i.e. inclement weather). Tardies due to pre-
planned appointments (doctor, dentist, etc.) will be excused if an approved pre-
planned absence form is on file in the office. Parents will be informed by letter of
excessive tardies at the end of each mid term and quarter.
The principal may refer families with students with excessive or ongoing tardies to
the school board.
The Buchanan County Prosecutor has invited SJCS to take part in Buchanan
County’s Compulsory Attendance Program. Effective January 2004, the school
board has adopted an attendance/tardy policy that includes a provision for contact-
ing the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office concerning students with excessive absences
and/or tardies.
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Safety procedure for late students: Students who are tardy to school (arriving after
8AM, or after 12PM for afternoon preschool students) must enter the west (office) en-
trance. Teachers may not admit anyone, including students and parents into the build-
ing during school hours. We ask that parents not put teachers in the awkward position of
having to refuse them entrance through locked doors. This is especially important for parents
who have students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Thank you!

Absence Policy and Procedures


Elementary attendance is counted each half day (8-11:30AM and 11:30 – 3PM). A
student will be considered absent (for a half-day) if he/she is away from school more
than twenty minutes during that half-day period. If a student is absent on an early dis-
missal day, the half-day period will be reduced proportionately.
More than eight absences in a semester may be considered excessive, and can result
in a meeting between parents and administration to discuss attendance issues. Exces-
sive absences can result in expulsion from school, with law enforcement officials con-
tacted.

Absence for Illness


A parent must call the school each day of absence to notify the office of the reason
for a student’s absence. The parents may be called by the office if their call is not re-
ceived in a timely fashion. This helps ensure the safety of students and accurate record
keeping.
When absence is due to illness or other serious concern, students may have two
days (for each missed day) to turn in make up work. Parents may request make up
work when they call to report their student absent. Generally, when requested, make
up work will be available for pick up after 2:30 PM.
Students must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. This means that
a student who is feverish the evening before a school day or who awakens with a fever
should be kept home until the fever has been gone a full 24 hours.

Pre-arranged Absence (Vacation, Medical/Dental Appointment, etc.)


Pre-arranged absences will not be scheduled during the week of standardized
testing.
Anytime parents know their student will be absent from school ahead of time
(vacations, medical/dental appointments, etc.), they are asked to fill out a Pre-Arranged
Absence Form (available outside the Ladybug Office) no less than one week in ad-
vance. In order to be considered an excused (student receives credit for make-up
work) absence, the form must be submitted one week in advance and approved by ad-
ministration, and make-up work must be arranged with the teacher(s). (Once ap-
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then release make up work.) Teachers may require make-up work to be completed be-
fore or after the absence at their discretion.
Families should keep in mind that although some homework can be made up, stu-
dents can never regain actual classroom learning experiences they miss while absent
(parents are responsible for helping their student ‚catch-up‛ if necessary). Therefore,
parents are encouraged to check the school calendar and plan family trips during regu-
lar school breaks as much as possible. If a vacation must stretch beyond a regularly
scheduled school break (i.e. Christmas break, etc.) the administration strongly en-
courages parents to add extra days at the END of the break. Most school breaks are
scheduled at the close of a grading period so final days before the break involve
much reviewing, testing and grading. Students who are absent during those days
may be required to test early without benefit of proper preparation which will
likely result in lower grades.

Absence for Unplanned Appointment


When a student must leave school for an appointment, parents are asked to call
the school office specifying the reason for leaving school (doctor, dentist, funeral, etc.),
the time he/she will leave the building, and approximate time of return. Remember, if
a student is away from school for more than twenty (20) minutes in a half-day period
he will be considered absent for that half-day.
Special safety procedure: Any time a student (PreK-6) leaves/returns mid-day, s/he
must do so through the west (office) entrance. The adult picking up or returning the
student must come into the building to sign in/out the student.

GENERAL BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS


St. Joseph Christian School is dedicated to training children in a program of Christ-
centered study, activity, and daily living. We believe that ‚all things should be done
decently and in order‛ and that our students should be taught to accept the responsi-
bility to ‚walk honorably before all men.‛ Thus, at St. Joseph Christian School, firm,
consistent discipline, which is fair and tempered with love, is maintained. Our faculty
maintains standards of behavior in the classroom through kindness, love, and genuine
regard for the students. When disciplinary action becomes necessary, it will be carried
out with good judgment and sensitivity.
Our primary goal in disciplining students is to help them develop self-discipline to
think, speak, and behave in a Christian manner. The ideal objectives of these guide-
lines are to foster understanding, challenge parent and student alike to supportive be-
havior, and enlist student cooperation.
Enrollment at St. Joseph Christian School is considered to be a blessing from the Lord. Con-
sequently, our students are expected to conduct themselves according to scriptural
principles of attitude and behavior and to the expressed principles, policies, and pro-
grams of the school and state regulations.
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Students are accepted as individuals with individual needs. Every effort is made to
develop attitudes and habits of behavior conducive to compatible relationships with
parents, teachers, and fellow students. Most students adjust quickly to these required
characteristics. However, for the students whose conduct is unacceptable, the admini-
stration reserves the right to administer the appropriate discipline deemed necessary
and expedient to bring about an acceptable form of conduct.

Code of Conduct
We regard conduct as an indicator of a student’s spiritual condition. We expect
good conduct and positive attitudes. ‚So then, you will know them by their
fruit‛ (Matt. 7:20). ‚Not what enters into the mouth defiles the man, but what proceeds
out of the mouth, this defiles the man‛ (Matt. 15:11).

Elementary Classroom Management


SJCS is committed to spiritual, emotional, physical, and social development, as
well as academic growth in its students. In order to help the children maintain
proper attitudes and to maintain an environment conducive to this growth, we
have adopted the following discipline process:

1. A warning is given to the student.


2. Next, reasonable and appropriate class discipline will be administered,
which may include loss of recess or loss of privileges within the class and/or
removal from the classroom, as deemed necessary for the good of the class.
Detentions may be assigned after school at the discretion of the principal for
students grades five and six.
3. A conference is scheduled with student(s), the teacher, and parents; princi-
pal is notified.
4. A conference is scheduled with parents, the teacher, and the principal.
5. Corporal punishment (grades K 6) may be administered by the principal,
and only with the permission of both parents. Corporal punishment is con-
sidered when other methods of discipline have been ineffective in producing
change. It is always witnessed by an adult and done in the privacy of the
principal’s office. Administered for:
A. Direct disobedience
B. Unchanging attitude/behavior
C. Disrespect for authority
D. Intentional injury to someone
E. Intentional property damage
6. SJCS reserves the right to suspend or expel a student from school.

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7. A student who is directly disrespectful and/or disobedient toward any
teacher/person in authority or who causes intentional injury to another per-
son (fighting) will be sent immediately to the principal.

Behavior that is directly against school policy off of school property will be dealt
with the same as if it were done on school property. A child’s conduct reflects his/her
attitude toward God, parents, and school. He/she is accountable for his/her actions at
all times.

Respect
Students are to respect all individuals in the school. The authority of the teachers
and staff is to be respected, and they must be addressed by using the appropriate title
of Mr., Mrs., or Miss. Disrespect may result in suspension and expulsion. Respect of
fellow students is equally important. Making fun of or picking on another student will
not be tolerated.

Reverence
Reverence is an important aspect of a proper attitude toward God. One way that
we show reverence toward God is through our actions and our attitude during prayer.
Whenever we are led in prayer, students should be quiet, bow their heads, and close
their eyes. This will minimize distractions and help them to focus their thoughts upon
God.

Honesty
We expect students to be honest and truthful. Cheating and stealing are serious of-
fenses. Upon the first offense a student may be suspended. The second offense may
result in expulsion from SJCS.

Clean Up
We expect the students’ help in keeping our building and grounds free from trash.
Students will not be dismissed from school until all paper is picked up from the floor
and the room is neat and orderly. Fourth through sixth grade students help with out-
door trash pick up on a rotating basis.

Defacement, Damage, Destruction, Loss of Property


We view school property and the property of others as a testimony of the Lord’s
gracious provision, therefore, an attitude of respect toward the same should be nur-
tured and promoted in students. Students who deface, damage, destroy or lose prop-
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may be expelled. Parents/guardians shall be financially responsible should their child
be required to make restitution.
Fines Regarding Abuse of Textbooks
For a book requiring replacement, a fee equal to the cost of the book will be
charged to the student.
For excessive wear and tear, a fee of $1.50 (or more, at principal’s discretion)
will be charged to the student.
For damaged book pages, the students will be charged $.50 each.

Drugs, Tobacco, and Alcohol


We expect our students to abstain from the use of intoxicants, tobacco, and re-
stricted drugs at all times, whether on or off the school property. Any student who vio-
lates this policy may be expelled from school.
A. If a student is suspended (not expelled) for the use or possession of intoxicants, to-
bacco, and restricted drugs, his/her ability to participate in extra-curricular activities
may be seriously affected.
B. For athletes, no less than 20% of the remainder of the season’s contests will be
missed. The suspension will be immediate for that athletic event, or will begin during
the next athletic season the student participates in. For example, if an underage drink-
ing action takes place during the summer or football/volleyball season and the athlete
doesn’t compete in football/volleyball, the basketball season will be affected.
C. The same rules will apply for students who compete on academic teams.
D. MSHSAA guidelines include disqualification from an event in which tobacco, alco-
hol, or controlled substance (other than prescription) are used.
E. Students in elected leadership positions and students who serve as spiritual leaders
in small groups or chapel band will lose their leadership positions for the year.

Eating
Students may not eat on campus without permission from their teacher.

Gum Chewing
Chewing gum is not allowed on campus.

Halls
Students are not to be out of their classrooms without permission from their
teacher. Students must pass quietly in the halls.

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Leaving Campus
Students may not leave the campus during the school day at any time after arriv-
ing, except through previous arrangements with the office and the parent/guardian.
Failure to abide by this rule may result in suspension or expulsion.

Off-limits Areas
Certain areas are off-limits to students without explicit permission given by the of-
fice staff. They include:
Classroom telephones (unless given permission by teacher)
Electrical circuit boxes
Faculty desks and files
Faculty workroom, kitchen, restroom**
Locked building, rooms, and storage areas
Maintenance equipment and janitorial supplies
Office areas
Personal property belonging to others
Roof of school building
Other school grounds (unless given permission by teacher)
**The faculty workroom area is considered a special place for teachers/staff and parent
volunteers and is off limits to students during school hours (7:20AM – 3:10PM).

Profanity and Swearing


Those who use the Lord’s name in vain, who swear, or use ‚gutter‛ language
(vulgarities, obscenities, etc.) are subject to suspension and expulsion.

Physical Contact
Fighting (assault), ‚horseplay,‛ and rough housing are not conducive to the disci-
pline of education. They will not be permitted at SJCS. Upon the first offense a student
may be suspended. The second offense may result in expulsion from SJCS.
We apply a ‚hands-off‛ policy in respect to relationships between boys and girls.

Search and Seizure Policy


The administration of St. Joseph Christian School and his/her designee reserves the
right to search any student, his or her personal belongings, and surroundings for any
contraband that the administration has reason to believe the student may possess.
Contraband is any thing, item, or article forbidden on campus by the civil or criminal
law or by school policy. The administration or his/her designee with reasonable cause
may also search individuals or groups of students for stolen items. No students will be
asked to remove clothing other than outer garments (jackets, vests, sweaters, etc.). No
search of an individual will be conducted without the presence of another school staff

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member as witness. Staff members will be of the same gender as the student(s) being
searched whenever possible.

Weapons Possession
Possession of weapons, ammunition, or other dangerous objects by students on
school property or in a school vehicle is strictly prohibited and punishable by immedi-
ate suspension or expulsion. Any student who assaults another person with a weapon
shall also be reported to the police. Weapon, as referred to here, includes, but is not lim-
ited to: blackjack, slingshot, pellet gun, BB gun, firearms, pocket knives, brass knuck-
les, ammunition, matches, lighters, or explosive substances.

Other Criminal Acts


Students may be suspended or expelled for participation in any criminal act on or
off school campus.

Inappropriate Items on School Grounds


Electronic devices
Students are not allowed to bring electronic devices, such as pagers, cellular
phones, CD players, or cassette players into the building. If brought on campus, they
are subject to confiscation and will be returned to the student only after the teacher or
administration has received a note from the parents. Some electronic devices may be
allowed on trips. This is up to the discretion of the trip sponsor. If any item is allowed,
the school will require the student to put them away during school hours.

Music
There are many views held by Christian parents, students, and staff regarding mu-
sic. However, for the purposes of maintaining our Christian witness, Christian atmos-
phere, and consistency of school standards, only Christian music should be brought to
school. Any other type of music tapes or CDs will be confiscated and returned to the
student after the teacher or administration has received a note from the parents. There
may be special circumstances when other types of music are permitted. The principal
must approve these circumstances.

Video tapes/DVDs
Only videotapes/DVDs from the school library (or those specifically approved by
the principal) may be used for classroom or school-sponsored use.

Computer disks
Only computer disks meeting the SJCS technology policy requirements may be
used for classroom or school-sponsored use.

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ELEMENTARY DRESS CODE
Adopted school year 2005-2006
(See Preschool Section of this handbook for information pertaining to preschool dress.)

In spring 2005, a new revised uniform dress code was announced by the school
board of St. Joseph Christian School. In a letter to parents the Board said, in part:

‚Since SJCS is a place of learning, the appearance of the students should encour-
age the learning process rather than distract from it. The board believes that the (new)
dress code will help shape the overall climate of the school as a place of learning and
social interaction. It will help de-emphasize outward appearance, emphasizing in its
place our students’ inner qualities and character development, as well as further devel-
oping school unity and spirit.
Current research indicates there are great benefits in adopting a uniform dress
code (UDC). Regular use of a UDC improves school safety and classroom behavior.
Use of a UDC can lessen student competition and reduces distractions among students
concerned about fitting in. Ultimately, a UDC improves student outcomes, including
grades and test scores. We believe the research results clearly indicate that a UDC in-
creases academic performance and sets a high standard for the overall learning envi-
ronment.‛
Beginning school year 2005-2006, elementary and junior high/ high school stu-
dents and staff enjoyed being re-united at the new campus. The new Uniform Dress
Code, adopted that same year, is but one example of the continual process of change
that serves to make SJCS a great place to equip students to serve Christ.

General Information
Beginning spring 2005, Dennis Uniform was contracted as SJCS’s uniform com-
pany. Therefore, all items (except shoes, socks and belts) must be purchased from
Dennis Uniform.
Families may make purchases at the Dennis Uniform Store (6322 College Boule-
vard, Overland Park, KS 66211, 913-381-6505) or online at www.dennisuniform.com
(SJC school code, IJC). Dennis Uniform is a SCRIP provider, so families may purchase
Dennis SCRIP through SJCS and receive credit toward tuition. Dennis SCRIP may only
be used at the Overland Park store, not online.
Dennis Uniform offers a one year warranty which covers manufacturing defects
such as zippers breaking, seams not sewed properly, hems coming out, cuffs on shirts
not fitted properly, etc., and it is on all items Dennis Uniform sells. If it is determined
an item has a manufacturing defect, the item will be exchanged or repaired by Dennis
Uniform during the first year.
Dennis Uniform Corporate Office has a return policy that requires items be re-
turned or exchanged within 60 days. However, the Overland Park store has extended
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the return policy to allow items ordered on-line or purchased at the store to be re-
turned as long as our school has a contract with Dennis, but the items must still have tags
on them, and the items must never have been worn or washed. There is no refund on bulk
order items; they may be exchanged at the Overland Park store; if they still have tags on
them, and have never have been worn or washed.

Uniform Dress Code for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Girls


Beginning spring 2005, Dennis Uniform has been contracted as SJCS’s uniform
company. Therefore, all items (except shoes, socks and belts) must be purchased from
Dennis Uniform.

Clothing item: Style: Colors: Logo required:


Skort Khaki OR Black
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Jumpers/Skirts Jumper Red, White & Black plaid
Center box pleat skirt Red, White, & Black plaid, Khaki
Knife pleat skirt Red, White & Black plaid
Ankle length skirt Khaki
Knee length twill skirt Khaki
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Blouses/Shirts Peter pan collar, short or long sleeved White X
Polo, short or long sleeved Black or Ash, pique material X
Polo, short or long sleeved Red or White, jersey material X
Oxford, short or long sleeved White X
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Sweaters Vest, sleeveless Red OR Black X
(a uniform blouse/ Pullover V-neck Red, Black, or Gray X
shirt is required to be Cardigan Red OR Black X
worn under all sweaters)
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Sweatshirt (a uniform blouse/shirt is required Red OR dark gray X
to be worn under all sweatshirts)
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Slacks Flat front Khaki OR Black
Pleated front Khaki or Black
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Shorts Pleated Khaki OR Black
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Shoes Any closed style; no sandals or mules
Heel no greater than 2‛
No boots extending beyond the top of the ankle, no heeleys.
PE Shoes Only athletic court shoes may be worn in the gym. We strongly encourage
parents to provide their student a pair of gym shoes, clearly marked with
student’s name, to remain at school at all times. Kindergarten students’ PE
shoes should be slip on or have a Velcro closure, no shoelaces, please.
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Socks or tights Solid red, white, black, or gray
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____________________________________________________________________________________________
Leggings As purchased from Dennis Uniform Black, white, or gray
or any tight fitting legging, no feet.
No sweatpants
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Belts (3-6th) Plain, no embellishments Black, brown or tan
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Miscellaneous:
Jewelry: No more than one earring is allowed per earlobe; excessive jewelry is not
allowed, at the discretion of the principal.
Hair: Must be clean; hair color limited to a natural color (highlights OK;
no distinct blotches or steaks of differing hair color), trendy
styles (like mullets, mohawks) not allowed.
Tattoos/body piercing: Not allowed
Ball caps/hats: Are not acceptable

Additional Information for Girls:


▪ All shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters and cardigans must have the SJCS logo. This will
be applied by Dennis Uniform before purchase.
▪ Parents may purchase used, good condition Dennis skorts, jumpers, skirts, slacks
and shorts from garage /yard sales. Please be advised that the school logo is printed on
shirts, blouses, sweaters, and sweatshirts at Dennis Uniform and cannot be added to
used items.
▪ All shirts must be tucked in.
▪ A uniform blouse/shirt must be worn under sweaters and sweatshirts.
▪ Undershirts may be worn under blouses/oxfords/polos for warmth
-Undershirts must be white or the same solid color as the blouse/oxford/polo
they are under.
-Undershirts may be short or long sleeved.
-Remember: a uniform blouse/shirt is required to be worn under sweaters and
sweatshirts.
▪ A girl’s bra must not show through darker than the shirt she is wearing.
▪ No oversized or undersized uniform clothing.
▪ No rolling of any uniform clothing.
▪ Because of the way they are made, skort hems may not be altered.
▪ Skirt and jumper length should be no shorter than 2 inches above the top of the
knee.
▪ Solid black biker-type knit shorts may be worn under skirts for modesty. These are
available from Dennis (called biker shorts in their catalog) or may be purchased else-
where. Shorts may not be longer than the skirt.
▪ If a student is not in uniform, it will be considered an unexcused absence, and she
will not be allowed in class until in proper uniform.

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▪ It is strongly recommended that parents clearly mark clothing with student’s
name.

Uniform Dress Code for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Boys


Beginning spring 2005, Dennis Uniform has been contracted as SJCS’s uniform
company. Therefore, all items (except shoes, socks and belts) must be purchased from
Dennis Uniform.

Clothing item: Style: Colors: Logo required:

Shirts Polo, short or long sleeved Black or Ash, pique material X


Polo, short or long sleeved Red or White, jersey material X
Oxford, short or long sleeved White X
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Sweaters Vest, sleeveless Red OR Black X
(a uniform shirt is Pullover, V-neck Red, Black or Gray X
required to be worn Cardigan Red OR Black X
under all sweaters)
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Sweatshirt (a uniform shirt is required to be Red OR dark gray X
Worn under all sweatshirts)
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Slacks Flat front Khaki OR black
Pleated front Khaki OR black
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Shorts Flat front Khaki OR BLack
Pleated Khaki OR Black
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Shoes Any closed style
Heel no greater than 2‛
No boots extending beyond the top of the ankle, no heeleys. Kindergarten stu
dents’ PE shoes should be slip on or have a Velcro closure, no shoelaces, please.
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Socks Solid red, white, black, or gray
____________________________________________________________________________________________
Belts (3-6th) Plain, no embellishments Black, brown or tan
____________________________________________________________________________________________

Miscellaneous:
Jewelry: Boys may not wear earrings.
Hair: Must be out of the eyes, off the collar, and not below the bottom of the ear; hair
color limited to a natural color (highlights OK; no distinct blotches or steaks of
differing hair color), trendy styles (like mullets, mowhawks) not allowed; no
facial hair or sideburns.
Tattoos/body piercing: Not allowed
Ball caps/hats: Are not acceptable
Additional Information for boys:

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▪ All shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters and cardigans must have the SJCS logo. This will
be applied by Dennis Uniform before purchase.
▪ Parents may purchase used, good condition Dennis slacks and shorts from garage
/yard sales. Please be advised that the school logo is printed on shirts, sweaters, and
sweatshirts at Dennis Uniform and cannot be added to used items.
▪ All shirts must be tucked in.
▪ A uniform shirt must be worn under sweaters and sweatshirts.
▪ Undershirts may be worn under oxfords/polos for warmth>
-Undershirts must be white or the same solid color as the oxford/polo they are
under.
-Undershirts may be short or long sleeved.
-Remember: a uniform shirt is required to be worn under sweaters and
sweatshirts.
▪ A boy’s t-shirt must not show through darker than the shirt he is wearing..
▪ No oversized or undersized uniform clothing.
▪ If a student is not in uniform, it will be considered an unexcused absence, and he
will not be allowed in class until in proper uniform.
It is strongly recommended that parents clearly mark clothing with student’s name.

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How You Can
Join Us

ENROLLMENT, TUITION, AND FEES


Families new to SJCS
Parents enrolling students for the first time should contact the development office
where they will be directed to:
1. Complete and return an application packet, including a pastor’s recommen-
dation and parent interview form, with application fee (non-refundable).
2. Bring their student(s) for an entrance/placement test (S.A.T; reading and
math).
3. Submit birth certificate and immunization record (may bring these to parent/
principal interview)
4. Meet for an interview with the principal.
5. Receive notification by phone or mail of acceptance or reason for non-
acceptance.
6. Pay matriculation fee.
7. Complete and return remaining enrollment forms.

Returning families
1. Will receive reenrollment forms from the development office by mail soon
after the beginning of the second semester.
2. Complete reenrollment form and return with fee (non-refundable) to the
school office by the due date.
3. Be certain outstanding accounts are paid in full.
4. Receive reenrollment paperwork packet in late spring (please complete and
return by due date.)

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Enrollment Policies
Application (new student), matriculation and reenrollment fees are non-
refundable.
In addition to the student (grades 7-12), at least one parent of the student must
be a Christian (born-again disciple), who is actively involved in a local evangeli-
cal church (attending 3 to 4 times per month) and evidencing Christ-like charac-
ter in his/her lifestyle. All enrolling parent(s) must agree with and sign the
Statement of Faith document and must understand and agree that enrollment at
St. Joseph Christian School is dependent on students and parental support of
the school, its staff, and its policies.
A copy of the birth certificate and an official up-to-date immunization record
must be presented to the development office and recorded in the new stu-
dent’s file before enrollment can be completed.
Tuition is an annual cost broken down into twelve equal monthly payments
(June-May) for parent’s convenience. Tuition is due on the first day of the
month regardless of absence for illness, vacation, snow days or holidays,
and is considered late after the tenth day of each month.
The school’s insurance policy is secondary to the parents’ personal insurance
policy; consequently, it will pay an amount towards those cost not already
covered.
If students withdraw and transfer to another school, student records and
transcripts will be forwarded to the new school when tuition and fees are
paid according to terms in the financial contract and when textbooks are re-
turned.

Late Payment Policy:


All accounts must be current by the first day of school in order for a student
to begin the school year at St. Joseph Christian. In the event an account becomes
past due during the school year, the following policy will take effect:
1. Payment is due the first day of the month and is considered late after the
tenth. Payments received after the tenth will be assessed a $5.00 late charge,
if paid by the end of the month.
2. When a payment is not made by the end of the month, the account will be
assessed an additional $25.00 late fee.
3. If the account remains past due for 30 days, a specific payment plan to bring
the account current must be established before the end of that month be-
tween the parent(s) and the finance manager,
4. If the account remains past due for 60 days, the parent(s) will be notified that
s/he/they have 10 days to bring the account current. At that time, the

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student(s) will not be permitted to return to school until the account is made
current and an agreement for future payments is established.
5. As of the fourth quarter of each year, all tuition/fees must be kept current
(paid by the tenth) or the student(s) will not be permitted to return to school
until payment is made to bring the account to a zero balance.

If an account is consistently past due, the SJCS board reserves the right to
require pre-payment of tuition.
All unpaid accounts will be sent to collections.

Bad Check Policy:


In the event that a check is presented to SJCS and is returned insufficient by the
bank on two occasions during a given school year, all future payments to the school
will be required to be paid by cashier’s check, money order, or cash. The SJCS board
reserves the right to submit the check to the prosecuting attorney for collection. All
fees involved in collecting the outstanding funds will be paid by the signer(s) on the
account.

All fees are subject to yearly changes. Parents may contact the Development Office for a
current fee schedule.

Parent/Principal interview
The intent of the parental interview is to examine spiritual/academic areas relating
to the student and his/her family and to establish a clear understanding of how the
parents, students, and school work together in the training and learning process. It is
essential that parents understand and clearly support the philosophy of SJCS, the poli-
cies and procedures of the school, and the accountability of parents to God for the
training of their child(ren).

Withdrawal from School


Tuition and fees must be paid to date and the Withdrawal Record form completed
through the Development Office before records and transcripts will be released.

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KINDERGARTEN READINESS (FROM THE KINDERGARTEN READINESS FACTSHEET)

God has uniquely created each child with his or her own developmental timetable.
While most children who are age five by July 1st are ready for kindergarten, it isn’t un-
usual that some children are not. If, after reviewing this fact sheet, you find your child
is not proficient in a majority of the skills listed, a year of preschool may be a better fit.

The DRS-R2, Developmental Readiness Scale Revised – Second Edition, is adminis-


tered to all incoming kindergarten students. (Screening appointments are made
through the school office) DRS-R2 measures the child’s developmental levels in eight
behaviors: Visual Motor, Personal Skills, Concepts, Body Image, Language, Numbers,
Fine Motor, Gross Motor, plus a letter identification task. After testing, we will sched-
ule a conference with you to discuss your child’s readiness to enter our program.

We hope you find the following information helpful.

Most children entering SJCS kindergarten have mastered these skills:

Motor Skills
Care for own toileting needs
Zip zippers & tie shoes
Skip & hop on one foot
Use scissors effectively
Use correct pencil grip
Write their first name
Walk downstairs, placing one foot on each step
Catch a ball with hands only
Copy a square

Cognitive Skills
Group objects into categories
Carry out more than two-step directions
Match rhyming sounds
Recognize most letters of the alphabet
Rote count to 30
Count meaningfully through 10
Speak in complete sentences with correct grammar

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Social Skills
Separate willingly from parent without tears or tantrum
Hang up sweater or coat without help
Use appropriate manners
State name, address, phone number and birthdate
Accept minor disappointments without tears
Listen attentively for 10-15 minutes
Sit and engage in a quiet activity for 10-15 minutes
Take care of personal items

Additionally, some incoming students are able to:

Read sounds of letters and are ready to blend sounds together


Count to 100
Indicate which is left/right hand
Tell the left and right sides of an object
Print first name with capital and lower case letters
Write numbers to 10
Read three letter words
Jump rope

Our objective is to prepare every kindergartner for success in first grade. In kin-
dergarten our students learn to read two-vowel words and develop the ability to work
independently for 15-20 minutes.
We will be happy to visit with you in person if you should desire additional in-
formation about our kindergarten program.

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FIRST GRADE READINESS

To best help assess placement of your child, we have selected some benchmarks
of development skills needed for success in first grade. Please review the following,
keeping in mind that children mature and learn at their God-given developmental rate
and that sometimes an additional year of development may be best for some children.

Most children entering first grade at SJCS have the mastered these skills:

Motor Skills
Zip zipper and tie shoes
Skip; hop on one foot
Walk downstairs, placing one foot on each step
Use scissors effectively
Handle glue in small amounts
Hold pencil correctly
Use correct letter formation, writing letters from top to bottom, and left to right,
accurately writing letters within given lines

Social Skills
Know first, middle and last names
State their name, parents’ names, address, phone number, and birth date
Take care of personal items
Be responsible to take home and bring back folders, notes, money, and other nec-
essary items
Separate and go to school all day
Work independently

Cognitive Skills
Indicate left/right
Carry out more than three-step directions
Listen attentively for 20-30 minutes

Reading
Recognize and know the sounds of all letters of the alphabet
Blend 2-3 sounds together
Know the one and two vowel rules
Recognize beginning and ending sounds
Read a story with 4-5 sentences on each page
Begin a sentence with a capital letter
End sentences with punctuation
Write first name, capitalizing first letter and using lower-case letters for the rest
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Know special sounds for phonics chart 1-7
Read 3-4 letter words
Spell most three-letter words with a short vowel
Begin reading from the left side of the paper

Math
Count to 100
Write numbers 0-20
Know addition and subtraction facts through family 5
Count by 5s and 10s
Understand patterns
Identify the number that comes before and after a given number
Count pennies, nickels, and dimes (without combining coins)
Know color and number words
Know shapes

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Odds and
Ends...

Additional Information for Parents

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Each week, an informative school-wide publication called The Lion Cub Paws will be
emailed to each family.

Materials from organizations outside the school (libraries, sports organizations, etc.)
Only materials which directly benefit students will be considered. St. Joseph Chris-
tian School reserves the right to refuse materials at any time at the sole discretion of the
administration.
Outside materials will not be sent home the first or last two weeks of school.
Outside materials will be sent home once a week, on Tuesday. Materials received
after the Tuesday deadline will be held until the following Tuesday.
Materials must be submitted, with contact information, to the building principal for
approval at least two weeks in advance. Submissions may be made via email or by
dropping a sample by the school.
Once approved, the principal will notify the secretary and security receptionist to
expect someone to bring materials to the school.
Materials must be presorted into sets of 20.

FOOD SERVICE
When serving food to a group of students, the following health department guide-
lines will be followed:
Hot food prepared at home must be covered and brought hot. It must remain
hot. It cannot be allowed to cool and be reheated.
Food must always be served by adults with plastic gloves (available in the
school office) and tongs.

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Students are not allowed to serve themselves. County health regulations require
a ‚sneeze guard‛ be used if students are served cafeteria style.
Baked items must be purchased at a store/bakery and brought to school in un-
opened packages and served as outlined above.
Students may help in food preparation if the food being made will be cooked
and served by adults. Students may not touch food after it’s cooked except to
eat it (of course!).
In all food preparation, very thorough hand washing is an extremely important
requirement.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
When will I know if school is closed due to inclement weather? When possible,
the superintendent (or in her absence, a designated authority) will attempt to make
an announcement to close school by 10 p.m. the night before. In most cases, however, a
decision cannot be made until morning. The goal is to make a school closing announce-
ment by 6 a.m.

Who makes the decision? The superintendent (or in her absence, a designated au-
thority) makes the decision to close school based upon current weather conditions,
weather forecasts and road conditions. Area schools’ decisions are taken into consid-
eration; however we do not always follow the lead of our local public school districts,
since we do not have bus routes to contend with. Remember, if a decision is made for
school to remain open, parents have the option to keep their children home for health
and safety reasons. However, please be aware that standard school attendance policies
will apply.

How do I find out if school is closed? The moment the decision has been made,
the superintendent (or in her absence, a designated authority) will activate the One
Call Now (OCN) notification service. The service will send a message to every phone
number and email address listed in our current St. Joseph Christian School records. If
you miss the call, please wait for the message to be left in your voice mail. In the event
you are unable to hear the message, you may call 1-877-698-3261 from any touch-tone
phone. At the greeting, press 1 and then enter your phone number that OCN nor-
mally calls.
Parents may also tune into area radio and television stations for frequent school
closing announcements. Announcement of school cancellation or early dismissal will
be made to the following media: KGNM radio, AM 1270; KFEQ radio, AM 680; and
KQ-TV2.

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What happens if the weather worsens during the school day? St. Joseph Christian
School tries to avoid unexpected early dismissals. However, on occasion, early dis-
missal is unavoidable. Parents must have a contingency plan for supervision of their
children in the event school is dismissed early. When it is necessary to dismiss chil-
dren during the regular school day, the superintendent (or in her absence, a desig-
nated authority) will activate the OCN service. We will also contact the following me-
dia: KGNM radio, AM 1270; KFEQ radio, AM 680; and KQ-TV2, and provide as much
advance notice as possible. In addition, the school will send out an email announcing
an early dismissal. Every attempt will be made to make early dismissal decisions prior
to afternoon Pre-K arrival times when possible.
If weather conditions worsen and school remains open, parents may choose to pick
up their children early after informing the school secretary. Remember, standard
school attendance policies will apply.

What about Extracurricular Activities? Decisions regarding cancellation or adjust-


ments in scheduling of extracurricular/athletic activities will be made at the discretion
of the governing administrator who will activate the OCN service and the media as
outlined above. Coaches/sponsors of students immediately involved in the activity will
make every effort to contact those students directly.

SPECIAL NOTE: We urge parents to consult the media sources noted in this policy
and/or check their voicemail rather than call the school offices. Heavy phone traffic
during inclement weather ties up office phone lines and usually leads to caller frus-
tration.

INSURANCE
The school facility and the school bus are properly insured to cover liabilities in-
curred. The school insurance for injury is secondary to the family’s personal insurance.

LOST AND FOUND


To keep the halls clean and uncluttered, anything found lying outside a classroom,
gymnasium, or in the restrooms will be taken to the lost and found area. At the end of
each quarter, anything unclaimed will be donated to a charitable organization. We
strongly recommend that parents label all clothing/personal items with student’s
name(s).

MEDIA CENTER (LIBRARY)


Students K–6 will have scheduled media center (library) time once a week, when
they will learn library skills, review books with the librarian, and have the opportunity
to check out books. First through sixth grade students may have as many as two books
checked out at one time. Kindergarten students may check out one book at a time.

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All books have a two-week checkout period and students are responsible to return
them by date due (clearly stamped in the front of the book). A book return is located
outside the library doors for returning books when the library is closed. Students may
renew a book for an additional two weeks and are then asked to return it so that an-
other student may have the opportunity to read it.
If a parent has a concern about the content of a book or other item, he/she should
consult the librarian about related policies and procedures.
When materials are not returned by the date due:
A reminder notice will be sent to the student at a cost of fifty cents.
If the materials are not returned by the next library day, additional late notices will
be sent at a cost of fifty cents each.
In time, if materials are not returned the student is responsible for the replacement
cost of the book plus accrued fines.
If overdue materials are returned, the student is still responsible for fines accrued -
to be paid immediately. Fines which remain unpaid will be submitted to the fi-
nance manager and added to the family’s school account.
Students who are habitually late in returning library materials risk losing library
privileges.
Parents may check out materials from the parent collection as well as the elemen-
tary and high school collections, and are responsible for the return of the items in the
same manner as students.
Media center parent volunteers play an important part in the operation of the li-
brary. They are trained to check out and check in items, return items to the shelves,
make repairs, process new materials, write overdue notices, and cover books. The help
of parent volunteers is always welcome and appreciated. Parents may contact the li-
brarian to volunteer.

MEDICAL CARE/OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION


While St. Joseph Christian School does not have a nurse on staff, our office per-
sonnel are trained in first aid and CPR. As soon as we are aware that a child has been
injured or is not feeling well, we carefully assess the child and provide appropriate
care.
The St. Joseph public schools no longer offer over-the-counter medications such
as Tylenol or cough drops. At SJCS, our desire is to be able to continue to provide this
helpful service for our families. We have established the following guidelines for par-
ents to read carefully.
We have a small budget for stocking our medicine cabinet, so we generally offer
generic forms of acetaminophen (chewable and regular strength) or regular strength
ibuprofen. We also welcome new, unopened donations of these as well as band-aids
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When it has been determined that a child needs medication, we will first check
to see that the child has an Over-the-Counter Medication Permission Form on file. If
there is no form on file, we will not administer medication. Over-the-counter medica-
tions are dispensed according to package dosage directions.
Anytime medication (other than cough drops) is administered to an elementary
student, a Notes Home from the School Nurse form is completed. This form includes date,
time, and complaint as well as space for recording what type of care was offered. A
copy of this form then returns with the student to the classroom so that the teacher is
aware of care received, and then it goes home with the child. Elementary parents are
always notified in this manner when medication is given at school.
Of course, if a child becomes seriously ill or injured, we will notify parents im-
mediately, or, at the administrator’s discretion, contact those listed on the child’s
Emergency Information form.
Special note regarding medications other than those listed above or prescription
medications:
No prescription medication will be administered at school without written pa-
rental consent. A Request to Have Medication Administered at School Form must be on file
for all students who regularly take prescription medication at school. Forms are avail-
able at the school office. Prescription medications must be in their original container
and have dispenser provided. The student must bring the medication with completed
permission form to the office at the beginning of the day. No medications are to be
stored in classrooms or student desks/back packs.
Occasionally, a child may need a dose of cold or other type medication while at
school. Parents must send written permission with the medication that includes reason
for taking the medication, dosage, and time to be administered. Medications must be
in their original container. The student must bring the medication with written paren-
tal permission to the office at the beginning of the day. No medications are to be stored
in classrooms or student desks/back packs.

NEWSLETTER
Three to four times a year, SJCS publishes a newsletter called the Lion’s Legacy,
which reflects personalities and events of the school. The newsletter is mailed to par-
ents, grandparents, alumni, friends, churches, and prospective families.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent/teacher conferences are conducted at the end of the first and third quarters.
Parents are asked to make appointments through the office for these conferences; how-
ever, teacher-requested appointments will take first priority. Parents are encouraged to
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RECESS
Preschool through sixth grade classes have recess, which is scheduled by their
teachers. Parents are asked to make sure their students are dressed properly to go out-
side. Students will be kept indoors only during extreme weather conditions.
Skateboards, rollerblades, metal or wooden baseball bats, and hardballs may not
be used during the school day. Teachers have an assortment of play equipment avail-
able for students to use at recess.
RECYCLING
St. Joseph Christian cooperates with Abitibi Corporation to provide a paper re-
cycling dumpster on campus. The dumpster is green and yellow and is located near
the football field. SJCS families, friends and neighbors are welcome to drop off their
paper recyclables at any time. Additional information is located on the side of the
dumpster.
SJCS receives a small remuneration by recycling cell phones and print car-
tridges. Families are encouraged to send spent ink cartridges and discarded cell
phones to either school office.

SCHOOL HOURS
School will be in session from 8AM to 3PM.

Early Outs
Generally, on the second Thursday of each month (as well as a few other scheduled
days), school will be dismissed at 1:10PM. Parents are encouraged to check their copy
of the school calendar, and make a note of early outs, holidays, and special days, such
as Grandparents’ Day, etc. Calendar changes will be published in the bi-weekly an-
nouncements, The Lion Cub PAWS.
Parents of Preschool and Kindergarten students should check with their teacher
about early out information specific to those grades.

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2010-2011 Calendar January
5 Back to school
August 13 Early out 1:10 p.m. (Teacher In-svc)
16 Teacher In-service 17 No school—MLK Day
16 Back to School Night
17 Teacher In-service February
18 First day of classes 4 Midterm ends
18 Pre-K/Kdg Parent Orientation 10 Early out 1:10 p.m. (Teacher In-svc)
19 First Day for Pre-K/Kdg 21 No school—President’s Day
22-25 Missions Week
September
6 Labor Day–NO SCHOOL March
9 Early out 1:10 p.m. (Teacher In-svc) 10 Early out 1:10 p.m. (Teacher In-svc)
17 Midterm ends 11 Early out 1:10 p.m. (end of 3rd qtr)
24 Grandparents Day – noon dismissal 17 Early dismissal 1:10 p.m.
17 Parent/Teacher Conferences,
October 2:00–8:00 p.m.
7 Early out 1:10 p.m. (Teacher In-svc) 18 No school
14 Faith Promise 6:30 p.m. 18 Parent/Teacher Conferences,
15 Early out 1:10 p.m. (end of 1 qtr)
st 8:00–1:00 p.m.
21 Early dismissal 1:10 p.m. 21–25 Spring break
21 Parent/Teacher Conferences,
2:00–8:00 p.m. April
22 No school 14 Early out 1:10 p.m. (Teacher In-svc)
22 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 15 Midterm ends
8:00–noon 18-21 Standardized testing
28 No school–ACSI Conference 22 No school - Good Friday
29 No school–ACSI Conference
May
November 12 Early out 1:10 p.m. (Teacher In-svc)
11 Early out 1:10 p.m. (Teacher In-svc) 20 Last day for Pre-K
19 Midterm ends 23 K graduation
24 Early out 1:10 p.m. 24 Last day of school—noon dismissal
25 & 26 Thanksgiving break (subject to change)

December
9 Christmas program
21 Early out 1:10 p.m. (end of 2nd qtr)
22—1/4 Christmas break

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School Supplies Pencils, #2 (bring two each month)
Pencils – Crayola Twistable, color, 12 ct
1 Highlighters, yellow
2 Ink pens, black
Please avoid Roseart brand 2 Pencil grips – Stetro (@ Pigtails & Ink- 2 Ink pens, red, medium
wells), not cushion grip 1 Marker, Sharpie, black, fine tip
Pre-kindergarten (Preschool) 1 sheet Poster board - dark 1 box Markers – Crayola, thick, classic, 10
1 Bag - cloth, with handles, 1 Ruler – w/inch & centimeter ct.
large enough for a folder (instead of back- 1 School box – cigar size, plastic 1-2 Markers – Expo dry erase, fine tip,
pack) 1 Scissors, sharp, Fiskars safety black
1 box Coffee filters 1 Margarine tub - small 3 Notebooks – spiral, wide rule, 70 ct.
1 box Kleenex (250-count) Shirt - over-sized for painting, W/LOOP TO 2 Paper – wide-rule notebook filler, 100 ct.
2 rolls Paper towels HANG 1 Paper – 4 sq/inch graph, 50 ct.
1 box Crayons, large (8-count) 1 Paper – construction, 50-ct, 9x12, as-
8 small Glue sticks, Elmer’s sort.
1 4 oz. bottle Elmer’s Glue-All Second Grade Pencils – color, 12 ct
2 boxes Markers – thick, washable, classic Backpack (bring daily) 12 Pencils, #2
colors 1 lg. container Clorox wipes 1 Pencil bag/box
1 Paints – Prang water color 1 pkg. 8 oz. Cups, 100 ct. 1 Ruler – w/inch & centimeter, plastic
1 Paper – construction, 50-ct, 9x12, as- 1 Bible – NIV 1 Scissors, Fiskars, pointed
sort. 1 box Crayons – Crayola, 24 ct. OPTIONAL: 1 bx Markers – Crayola, thin,
1 Paper – manila, 50-ct, 12x18 3 Erasers, pink pearl classic, 10 ct.
2 Pencil, primary (triangular) 3 Folders – pocket
1 School box – cigar size, plastic 1 Folder – pocket w/brad
1 Scissors, blunt, Fiskars safety 6 large Glue sticks, Elmer’s Fifth Grade
1 4 oz. bottle Elmer’s Glue-All Please avoid washable
1 bx Markers – Crayola, thin, classic, 10 ct. 2 lg. containers Clorox wipes
ALL K-6 STUDENTS NEED: 1 bx Markers – Crayola, thick,classic, 10 1 btl. Hand sanitizer, GERM X, 12 oz.
2 boxes Baby wipes ct. 1 pkg. Forks, Spoons, Knives plastic
3 boxes Kleenex 1 Notebook – spiral, wide rule, 5 subject 1 pkg. Plates, paper, not foam
(250-count) 12 Pencils, #2 1 Bible - NIV
4 rolls Paper towels Pencils – color, Crayola Twistable, 12 ct. 1 Binder, clear-view vinyl, 2”, white
Shoes for PE 1 Ruler – w/inch & centimeter 1 box Crayons – Crayola, 24-count
(Kdg/1st grade – Velcro or slip-on 1 School box – Spacemaker, 8.5x5.5x2.5 2 Eraser – pink, block
ONLY, no laces) 1 Scissors, sharp, Fiskars safety 7 Folders – plastic pockets w/brad, as-
sorted colors
2 large Glue sticks, Elmer’s
Kindergarten Third Grade 1 4 oz. bottle Elmer’s Glue-All
1 Bag - zippered bookbag, 1 lg. container Clorox wipes 1 Highlighters, yellow
large enough for a folder 1 pkg. Forks/Spoons, plastic 1 Index cards, spiral, 50 ct.
1 box Crayons – Crayola, 16-count 1 btl. (10oz or larger) Hand sanitizer 1 boxes Markers – Crayola, thick, classic
1 box Crayons – Crayola, 24-count 1 Bible - NIV 1 boxes Markers – Crayola, thin, classic
1 Eraser - pink 1 pkg. Avery Poly-vu sheet protectors for 3 2 Markers, Sharpie, ultra fine, black
2 Folders, heavy pocket - bottom pocket ring binder 2 Notebooks – spiral, wide rule, 70 ct.
only - no side 1 Binder, clear-view vinyl, 1” 2 Paper – wide-rule notebook filler, 100 ct.
3 Folders - with brads, plain colors 1 box Crayons – Crayola, 24-count 1 Paper – construction, 50-ct, 9x12, as-
15 small Glue sticks, Elmer’s 2 Erasers, pink, block sort.
1 4 oz. bottle Elmer’s Glue-All 4 Folders - pocket, assorted colors Pencils – color, 12 ct w/sharpener
2 boxes Markers – thick, washable, bold 4 small Glue sticks, Elmer’s Pencils, 7mm disposable mechanical (no
classic colors only 1 4 oz. bottle Elmer’s Glue-All refillables)
1 Paints - Prang water color 1 pkg. Index cards, 3x5 ruled,color, 140 1 Pencil bag w/zipper for 3-ring binder
2 Paper – construction, 50-ct, 9x12, as- ct. 1 Scissors, Fiskars, pointed
sort. 1 Ink pen, black, medium 1 School box – Spacemaker, 8.5x5.5x2.5,
1 Paper – manila, 50-ct, 12x18 1 Ink pen, red, medium red or blue
1 Rest Mat – VINYL COVERED FOAM ONLY, 1 box Markers – Crayola, thick, classic, 8
no cloth or rolled ct.
1 School box – cigar size, plastic Markers – Expo dry erase, fine tip, black Sixth Grade
1 Scissors, blunt, Fiskars safety 2 Paper – wide-rule notebook filler, 200 ct. Please avoid washable
T shirt - over-sized for painting (no plastic) 1 Paper – manilla, 50 ct, 12x18 1 Bible - NIV
1 Paper – construction, 50-ct, 9x12, white 2 Book covers (may use paper sacks)
1 Paper – construction, 50-ct, 9x12, as- 1 Eraser – pink, block
First Grade sort. 7 Folders – pocket w/brad, assorted colors
Backpack (bring daily) Pencils – color, 12 ct 2 large Glue sticks, Elmer’s
2 box Baggies – zip-top, quart sized 24 Pencils, #2 Index cards, 3x5 ruled, white, 400 ct.
1 lg. container Clorox wipes 1 Ruler – w/inch & centimeter, plastic 2 Ink pens- -blue/black, no gel
1 pkg. 8 oz. Cups, 100 ct. 1 School box – plastic 3 Ink pens - red, medium
1 pkg. Forks/Spoons, plastic 1 Scissors, sharp, Fiskars safety 3 Notebooks – spiral, wide rule, 70 ct.
3 Sacks - brown paper, grocery sized 2 Paper – wide-rule notebook filler, 100 ct.
1 Bible – NIV or Children’s 1 Paper – construction, 50-ct, 9x12, as-
1 4 oz. Clay – white, Modeling Magic Fourth Grade sort.
1 box Crayons – Crayola, 24-count 1 lg. container Clorox wipes 1 Pencils – color, 12 ct w/sharpener
2 Eraser – pink, block 1 pkg. each, Forks/Spoons, plastic 12 Pencils, #2 (no refillable mechanical)
2 Folders, pocket 1 Bible - NIV 1 Pencil bag, nylon w/zipper
4 large Glue sticks, Elmer’s 5 Avery Poly-vu sheet protectors for 3 ring 1 Ruler – w/inch & centimeter, plastic
1 7-5/8 oz. bottle Elmer’s Glue-All binder 1 Scissors, Fiskars, 7”
3 pkg. Index cards, spiral, 50 ct. 1 Binder, clear-view vinyl, 2”
1 boxes Markers – Crayola, thick, classic 1 box Crayons – Crayola, 24-count
colors 2 Eraser – pink, block
1 Paints - Prang water color 3 Folders – pocket w/brad, assorted colors
1 Paper – construction, 50-ct, 9x12, as- 2 large Glue sticks, Elmer’s
sort. Revised February 2010
1 4 oz. bottle Elmer’s Glue-All
1 Paper – manila, 50-ct, 9x12

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ARRIVAL / DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
Students may be dropped off as early as 7:40AM and must be picked up no later
than 3:15PM. There is no supervision for children after 3:15PM. We greatly appreciate
your cooperation in picking up your children promptly.
Please make sure that all students are here by 7:55 so that classes may begin
promptly at 8:00.

Morning Arrival:
Always follow directions of teachers/staff on duty.
All preschool and kindergarten students and their older (through 12th grade, non-
driving) siblings are dropped off at the PreK/K loop (see map):
PreK and kindergarten students will report to the kindergarten playground.
Siblings in grades 1- 6 will enter the building through the east (elementary)
entrance and pass through to the west playground.
7th-12th grade students will enter the building, and make their way through the
halls (NOT the gym) past the Media Center to the JrH/HS wing. 7th through 12th
grade students may not linger in the elementary portion of the building before
school.
Parents wishing to stop their vehicle and help their younger student(s)
unload must park in the parking lot and walk their child to the playground.
If your student(s) can exit your vehicle and close the door safely, pull care-
fully into the right-hand lane in the circle drive, as far forward to the crosswalk as
possible for your student(s) to unload. Someone should be available to assist.
(Please do not park in the circle drive at any time before school.) After a brief stop for
your student to carefully unload, drivers should exit onto Gene Field Road.
Elementary students who ride with an older (HS) student will walk into the
building with their older sibling, through the east (elementary) entrance and pass
through to the west playground (see map).
All other elementary students and their older (through 12th grade) non-
driving siblings are dropped off in the west (office) entrance circle drive (see map).
Elementary students report to the playground.
7th-12th grade students will enter the building through the high school entrance.
Drivers should proceed all the way to the far edge of the sidewalk, near the
west edge of the playground. Several cars will unload at a time.
The police department has notified us that we cannot have cars stopped on Gene
Field Road waiting to enter the circle, therefore, drivers must pull as far forward
as possible and not tarry, but keep the line moving in a steady, safe manner.
All remaining JrH/HS non-driving students are dropped off in the north drive
and enter the building through the north (high school) entrances.
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the east parking lot (see map). They will enter the building through the northeast (high
school) entrance.
High school students who drive and bring elementary students will park & walk
into the building with the younger students, through the east (elementary) entrance
and make their way through the halls (NOT the gym) past the Media Center to the
JrH/HS wing.
In the event of inclement weather, children will be directed to wait inside the build-
ing. So that teachers may have time to finish preparation for the day, students will not
be allowed to enter classrooms before school.

Afternoon Dismissal:
All elementary students will be picked up from the east parking lot everyday
unless specific arrangements have been made in advance with the school of-
fice.
Always watch for pedestrians, especially children.
Always follow directions of teachers/staff on duty.
Always enter the east parking lot from Riverside Road.
There is a ten minute gap between elementary dismissal and JrH/HS dismissal to
better facilitate traffic flow after school.
At the beginning of the school year, families will be assigned pick up locations as
follows (All the families in a carpool are assigned to the same pick up location, please
notify your school office of carpool plans.):
Preschool and kindergarten students and their older elementary siblings are dis-
missed from the PreK/K loop. Should a PreK/K parent also have a JrH/HS student, we ask
that they pick up their younger child(ren) and then drive around and park in the Elem/JrH/HS
Dismissal Section to pick up their older student.
Please note:
Parents picking up students in the circle drive should proceed slowly and cau-
tiously, making two lines; preschool on the outside (left or south) lane and Mrs.
Richardson’s kindergarten on the inside (right or north) lane. Please turn off your vehi-
cle and do not block the crosswalk.
When dismissing, teachers will lead the children down the line past each car.
Parents, please remain in your vehicles until your child comes to you. As the teacher passes
your car, your are then welcome to help your child into your vehicle. Some children
worry when their parent isn’t readily seen, and this system assures the children that
everyone will safely reach their car eventually. Only after teachers have indicated that eve-
ryone is safely in their car, may drivers begin to exit onto Gene Field Road.
Drivers who enter the lot after the lines have begun to move will be asked to
stop, park, and wait until the lines have cleared. When the parking lot is clear, late
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Families of elementary students (who DO NOT have JrH/HS siblings) will be as-
signed to pick up lines (see map).
Drivers must enter the east parking lot through the Riverside Road entrance
and proceed to their assigned lines.
Students will be accompanied to the parking lot by their teachers, who will
oversee loading. Students will immediately locate their line and get into their car.
Students who do not find their ride will go directly to the area outside the PreK/K
doors to wait. Only after teachers have indicated that everyone is safely in their car, may
drivers begin to exit, following teachers’ directions.
Drivers who enter the lot after the lines have begun to move will be asked to
stop, park, and wait until the lines have cleared. When the parking lot is clear, late
drivers will be directed to pull into the PreK/K loop to pick up their children.
Families of elementary students (who HAVE JrH/HS siblings) will park in the
Elementary/JrH/HS Dismissal Section to wait for their student(s) (see map).
Drivers must enter the east parking lot through the Riverside Road entrance
and proceed to their assigned dismissal location.
Elementary students will be accompanied to the parking lot by their teachers,
who will oversee loading. Elementary students will immediately locate their ride
and get into their car. Students who do not find their ride will go directly to the
area outside the PreK/K doors to wait.
Drivers may then wait; JrH/HS students will follow shortly.
Families of JrH/HS students (who DO NOT have elementary siblings) will pick
up their student(s) in the north drive (see map).
Elementary students who are riding home with an older (HS) sibling will wait at
the elementary office until elementary loading and dismissal is completed. Their older
sibling will collect them and walk out to the parking lot with them. High School stu-
dents must be prompt in collecting their elementary siblings after school. Elementary
students will also be assigned to a pick up line (7-13) for days when their older sibling
is unable to drive them home (i.e. athletic practices) and a parent picks them up.
Children who are not picked up promptly by 3:15, will be escorted to the school
office, where the school secretary will call the parent. Parents, please note, there is
no supervision for children after 3:15PM. We greatly appreciate your cooperation
in picking up your children promptly.

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SCHOOL LUNCHES
Students eat lunch in their classroom under the direction of the teacher. Student
desks are cleaned before and after eating with disinfectant cleaner. Students are re-
quired to thoroughly wash hands before eating. Students will not be allowed to leave
the school grounds at lunchtime.
Taking personal responsibility for bringing their lunch/lunch money and necessary
utensils to school with them each day reinforces in students a growing sense of self-
discipline and personal accountability. Students will not be allowed to phone parents
for forgotten lunches/lunch money. Peanut butter and crackers will be available in the
school office for students who forget their lunch/lunch money.
Hot lunches (i.e. pizza, hot dogs, etc.) may be available on certain days of the week,
after the Labor Day weekend. Specific information regarding hot lunches will be sent
home with students shortly after the beginning of the school year. Orders for hot
lunches will be taken by 8:30 each morning and students are responsible to give their
lunch order with money to their teacher at that time. Peanut butter and crackers will
be available in the school office for students who forget to order their lunch or forget to
bring their lunch money.
Occasionally, parents may wish to bring lunch and enjoy lunchtime with their stu-
dent. Parents should check with their child’s teacher as to which days are best for a
lunchtime visit.
Milk/juice may be purchased for $.25 per carton. Parents should send money to
cover the week’s worth of milk/fruit drink in a clearly marked envelope, denoting
amount of money enclosed and how many tickets are desired, to their student’s
teacher on the first day of the school week. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers
will inform their students’ parents of procedures specific to those classes.

TELEPHONE SYSTEM / USAGE


SJCS employs an automated answering/voice message system. When calling the
school, please keep the following in mind:
Incoming calls ring four times before the automated system answers. If you re-
ceive the automated system during regular business hours, this indicates the school
secretary may be temporarily away from her desk, helping someone at the counter, or
speaking on another line. Please follow the instructions and leave a voicemail message
for the person you are calling. Many times, the swiftest course of communication is through
our voicemail system. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!
Office staff will know when you have left a message by a flashing light on their
telephone. Every effort is made to retrieve messages frequently and return them as
needed, quickly and in order of priority.
Parents should be advised that ringers on classroom telephones are turned off
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quently, they may not be available to return phone calls until the close of the school
day.
If parents need to communicate with their child during the school day, they may
leave a message for their child with the school secretary, or they may leave a voice
mail message for their child’s teacher. Teachers and students will not be contacted in
class to receive telephone calls.
Students may use the phone during/after school hours at the teacher’s discretion,
and in keeping with the following guidelines:
Students may not use the phone for social plans (i.e. making evening plans, ask-
ing to go home with someone after school, etc.).
Students may not use the phone if they forget their lunch (see School Lunches,
pg. 58).
If a student needs to use the phone for something they forgot for class or an af-
ter-school activity, the student must get permission from the teacher for whom
they need the items. The teacher will make the decision if the student needs to
use the phone.
Phone calls are limited to a maximum of two minutes.
A reminder–Elementary students may not have cell phones on school premises.
Note: We understand unexpected needs for phone use do arise. Those situations will be con-
sidered on an individual basis.
Beepers, mobile pagers, and cellular phones may not be used by elementary students during
school hours.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION
Parents are responsible to transport their children to and from school. We expect
students to arrive on time so that classes can begin promptly.
Bikes brought to school should be locked and are to remain off-limits during the
school day.
Skateboards, rollerblades, etc. are not to be used during the school day.

VISITATION POLICY
St. Joseph Christian’s outside doors are secured with an electronic locking sys-
tem, managed by the security receptionist, when school is in session.
Anyone who is not faculty/staff or an enrolled student is considered a visitor (this
includes parents), and will be asked to do the following:
All elementary visitors must enter the building through the elementary office
entrance (west side).
Visitors may press and release the button on the call box at the office door for
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Visitors will be asked to state their name and purpose for their visit before being
admitted. Please do not ‚tailgate‛ by entering with building with someone who
reached the door before you. Wait, and identify yourself to the security recep-
tionist to be admitted.
Visitors (including parents, lunch volunteers, etc.) must sign in at the school of-
fice and wear a visitor’s tag every time they visit. This is in accordance with fire
and tornado safety requirements.

Classroom visits
While SJCS is not a ‚closed‛ campus, we do strive to keep classroom interruptions
to a minimum. Parents should be mindful that even a brief visit may disrupt continu-
ity of thought for teacher and students. We ask that parents show respect for teachers
and their classroom schedules by checking with them regarding specific visitation
guidelines for their class.
Occasionally, a parent may need to drop by with a forgotten item (backpack, lunch,
etc.) Please leave these items in the office. Teachers will direct students to check with
the office later to see if their item(s) has arrived.
Classroom parties
Preschool through sixth grade classroom parties provide an opportunity for stu-
dents to enjoy celebrating with classmates, and parents are welcome to attend (watch
the weekly letter from your student’s teacher for specifics). However, we do ask that
parents not bring younger siblings to classroom parties. Classroom space is limited,
and, more importantly, it is nearly impossible for parents to share this special time
with their student if they are supervising younger siblings.
Parents should be aware that it is very awkward for teachers/room mothers when a
parent or two ignore this direction and show up at a class gathering with younger sib-
lings in tow. Thank you in advance for making other arrangements for your littler ones
during classroom parties.

Prospective student visitation


Prospective student(s) and student guests may visit our campus for a partial or full
day with parental and administrative approval. Visits must be approved by admini-
stration at least one day in advance and are arranged through the development office
(prospective students) and through the elementary office (guests).

STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Academic Activities
Students participate in a variety of academic activities as part of SJCS’s class and
extra-curricular program. These may include Science Fair, Mathletics, Spelling Bee,
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Athletic Activities
At this time, the SJCS elementary extra-curricular athletic program consists of bas-
ketball for 4th through 6th grade students, which is overseen by the athletic director.
The mission of SJCS youth basketball is to develop and promote the game of bas-
ketball through Christian teaching and example. Students in the program learn the im-
portance of teamwork, improve physical fitness, learn the importance of sportsman-
ship, and develop fundamental skills.
Eligibility
Fourth through sixth grade students are eligible to play in the city recreational
league. A third grader is not eligible to play on an older team. Any student that is eligi-
ble can play on an older team, but no student can play on a younger team. No student
should play on an older team unless that team needs players. If there are enough play-
ers for two teams to be formed in a grade level, the coaches may do so.
All players will be required to read the elementary athletic handbook and return a
contract (signed by both the athlete and his/her parents) as well as all fees to their
coach before the season begins. Athletes who have not returned their paperwork may be in-
eligible to play until they do so, at the athletic director’s discretion.
**Home school students may participate with a team if that team needs more players and if
the home schooler is a former SJCS student or if their sibling attends SJCS. A home school stu-
dent not associated with the school may participate when more players are needed to form a
team.
Fees/ Uniforms
SJCS charges elementary basketball players an athletic fee of $20.00. Uniforms will
be provided. Players must wear gym shoes (not street shoes) for practice in the gym.
The St. Joseph Parks & Recreation Department charges each team a league fee. The
coach will divide this fee by the number of players and collect that amount from each
player.
Players will submit all fees to their coach with their signed contract before they
may play.
Practice/ Games
Teams may begin practice the third Monday of October. December and January are
when regular season games take place. League tournaments take place in February.
Games are held on Saturdays. The athletic director will communicate with coaches re-
garding gym use.
Head/Assistant Coaches
The athletic director will hold a pre-season meeting with coaches to review guide-
lines for the program.
Coaches must be Christians who realize the importance of setting a godly example
before their team. Each coach must sign a code of conduct prior to coaching a team for
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A coach is responsible for his/her own actions as well as the actions of his/her play-
ers and must remove a player from a game if s/he displays poor sportsmanship.
A coach who is removed from a game will:
-meet with the athletic director and elementary principal.
-be suspended from team practices and games for a period of two weeks.
-join the athletic director for a team meeting for the purpose of explaining what
happened and restoring the coach to the team.
Playing time
During the first three quarters of St. Joseph Recreational League games, players will
get equal playing time. Coaches determine playing time for students during the fourth
quarter.
The fourth quarter guideline also applies during tournament games.
Tournaments
Each school sponsored team may play in five tournaments including the SJCS tour-
nament. Any tournament entry fees will be divided among the players.
Because we desire to honor the Sabbath, school sponsored teams may not play on
Sundays before 1PM. Should a coach find that his team has been scheduled for tourna-
ment play on Sunday prior to 1PM, the team will forfeit that game.
Out of consideration for players who attend church activities, coaches are encour-
aged to avoid Wednesday evening tournament games.
St. Joseph Christian hosts an elementary basketball tournament, under the direction
of the athletic director. Dates for the tournament will be announced at the coaches’
meeting.
Parent/ Student Conduct
It is vital that our entire program glorify the Lord. If non-Christians see Christians
making a scene or behaving inappropriately they are certainly not going to see a dif-
ference in us.. We desire to see our program as a seed planting opportunity in those
with whom we come in contact. Each parent/athlete must sign a code of conduct be-
fore their child may participate in games.
Problems/ Concerns
At SJCS, we strive to deal with problems and concerns in a Christ-like manner. The
appropriate steps for addressing problems/ concerns are:
Talk with coach privately and in a controlled manner. Please refrain from
sharing your concern with other players or parents.
If necessary, then speak with the athletic director.
If necessary, then talk with the principal.
Athletic pictures
Sometime in January, the school will arrange an after school time for elementary
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ets are sent home a few days before. All athletes and coaches are encouraged to be pre-
sent for the team picture even if they do not wish to purchase any pictures.

Birthdays
Your child’s birthday may be recognized with a song and a special prayer, and you
are welcome to inquire with the teacher in advance about sending treats (pre-packaged
from the store) for the class. If your child has a summer birthday, check with the
teacher to schedule a time to celebrate, possibly at the ½ birthday (six-month). Invita-
tions to an outside party may be passed out at school only if every child in the class is
invited or if only girls are invited or only boys are invited; otherwise, please mail
them.

Chapel
Chapel is usually held once a week for elementary students. Parents and friends are
welcome to join SJCS students in chapel; check the school announcements for a sched-
ule. Parents of preschool students should check with their child’s teacher about chapel
schedules for preschool.

Community Service
Community service is a core value of SJCS and is therefore promoted in grades K–6
through classroom and extra-curricular activities. Most students will have the oppor-
tunity to participate in at least one service oriented field trip per school year.

Field Trips
In connection with their classroom studies, students may take various educational
field trips throughout the year and a yearly field trip fee is charged to cover expenses
for these events. These trips are an integral and exciting part of learning; therefore, it is
expected that each student will attend. One benefit of field trips is that students are
disciplined in the art of self-control and gracious deportment in various situations, in
addition to the field trip’s educational value. Parents will be notified in advance of the
specifics concerning the field trip and will be required to return a signed permission
slip detailing the time and location.

Field Trip Fees and Release Forms


An annual field trip release/emergency medical form is included in the enrollment
packet, and must be completed for each student and signed by both (custodial) parents
and returned to the school office. One copy of each student’s form is to be kept on file
in the school office for the entire school year. An additional copy of each student’s
form will be kept in the school office, filed according to grade level, and will be taken
by the teacher on every outing. A copy of an asthma action plan or an allergy action

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plan for any student whose parent has identified either of these concerns will be at-
tached to the additional office copy.

Field Trip Behavior


Students are expected to use good behavior and respect the rights of others
while on field trips. All school rules apply while on field trips. Students should ob-
serve the following additional rules for riding on the school bus:
Remain orderly at all times, particularly when waiting for the bus.
Stay seated while the bus is moving.
When given permission, talk quietly—never shout.
Keep arms, hands, head, and objects inside the bus and out of the aisles.
Follow the teacher’s directions.
No eating, drinking, or gum on the bus without permission of the teacher.
Clean up your space upon returning to school.
Complete silence at all railroad crossings.

Volunteer Chaperones/ Drivers (from the Instructions for Volunteer Field Trip Chaperones and Drivers form)
Our school greatly depends on the involvement of our school parents for trans-
portation and chaperoning of field trips and other off-site events. We appreciate your
taking the time to support your child’s school and its activities. The following are
guidelines (per ACSI) that we ask our volunteer chaperones and drivers to follow.
Thank you in advance for your help!
If you own or have access to a cellular phone, and can bring it on the field trip,
please notify the teacher so that s/he may leave the number with the school office.
It is important for chaperones to realize that they are acting as Christian role
models for our students. Please be an example by demonstrating maturity in actions,
attitudes, and dress. A classroom teacher will be in charge of each field trip and will
provide direction to chaperones.
Only those parents who have signed up in advance as drivers/chaperones may
attend the field trip. (No last minute sign-ups).
Because the first responsibility of each chaperone is to the students being super-
vised, only children enrolled in the class or activity may go on field trips. Under no cir-
cumstances may guests or siblings attend a field trip unless the trip is announced as a
special family event and other siblings are specifically invited. Please do not make ar-
rangements for someone else to meet you at the field trip or event site with siblings.
We believe it is nearly impossible for a parent to give necessary vigilance to supervis-
ing a group of field trip students while also trying to give proper attention to younger
siblings. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
The teacher in charge of the field trip will assign a group of students to each chap-
erone. Students are to remain with the chaperone/driver to whom their teacher assigns
them for the entire day.
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Chaperones should make it a special point to remain with the students for whom
they are responsible. Please vigorously resist the temptation to group with other adults
while allowing students to ‚do their own thing.‛
Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of those students assigned to them. In
private vehicles, the driver is responsible for children’s behavior. In school-owned or
rented vehicles, the teacher is responsible, with help from chaperones. If you experi-
ence difficulties, please report the problem immediately to the teacher or other super-
vising adult. Do not allow rowdiness, disrespect, inappropriate voices, etc. Do not al-
low dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior at any time.
Enjoy the group of students you are with! However, if you have a problem with
any student, take him/her to the supervising teachers/adult.
Know how many students are in your small group and count, count, count, all day!
Be sure that all are present before moving from one place to another (especially when
heading home!).
Please refrain from purchasing special treats for the children in your group unless
all the children in the class benefit equally.
Additional questions about field trip procedures may be addressed to your child’s
teacher.

Additional Instructions for Volunteer Drivers:


Please note: 15 passenger vans will not be used for transporting students at any
time, per ACSI.
All volunteer field trip drivers must have a current copy of the SJCS Volunteer
Driver Application Form approved by the administration, a copy of their current driver’s
license, and proof of insurance on file in the school office.
The teacher in charge of the field trip will make vehicle assignments for students.
Students are to remain with the chaperone/driver to whom their teacher assigns them
for the entire day. If you have a suggestion or preference, please let the teacher know a
day ahead of time so this can be taken into consideration. Teachers sometimes have
special reasons making specific group assignments that they may not be free to ex-
plain. You will be provided with a list of the names of the children being transported
in your vehicle.
Drivers should arrive at school at least ten to fifteen minutes before departure time.
Schedules are sometimes tight.
The teacher in charge of the field trip will carry copies of emergency medical infor-
mation for each student on every trip.
Seat belts must be worn at all times; one child per working seat belt. In accordance
with Missouri’s new booster seat law, all children between the ages of four and seven
who are under 80 pounds or 4’9‛tall must ride in a booster seat. Parents will need to
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ers. Undoubtedly, this will make field trip planning in our primary grades more diffi-
cult. We appreciate your patience as we work to obey this new law. This law does not
apply on school busses designed to carry more than 11 passengers.
While traveling, cars will ‚caravan‛ together. The teacher will designate a lead
driver. At no time should cars pass the lead car or take side trips away from the cara-
van. Nor should you take ‚chances‛ to keep up with the caravan, such as entering an
intersection when the light is already yellow.
If there are more than three vehicles in the caravan, a ‚buddy system‛ will be used
whereby two or three vehicles will caravan together, thus eliminating a long line of ve-
hicles, which can become a safety problem.
The teacher will provide a map and/or directions for the trip. Drivers will remain
with the field trip ‚caravan‛ and follow the designated route. Do not make unauthor-
ized stops or detours.
Drivers are expected to obey all traffic laws and acceptable speed limits.
Please call the school immediately if you experience car trouble or become lost.
If someone has been hurt or is ill, and the teacher is not readily available for consul-
tation, please call the school for instructions.
Children must enter/leave the vehicle from the curbside unless the vehicle is in a
protected parking area or driveway.
Children must never be left unattended in a vehicle.
Students should not eat or drink in your car without your permission. They have
been instructed to use quiet voices when talking and to keep the hands/feet to them-
selves. If any student does not cooperate, please inform the teacher.

In the Event of an Accident


In the event a shuttle bus or privately-owned vehicle (ex. car driven by parent for
field trip or athletic competition) is involved in an accident:
The vehicle is to remain at the scene of the accident until law enforcement officials
release the vehicle.
The driver (when possible or other adult next in authority) is instructed to make
the first phone calls to 1.) emergency responders, as needed 2.) law enforcement
officials and 3.) the SJCS administrative offices
The driver will follow directions given by emergency responders and law enforce-
ment officials.
The driver will follow the instructions given by the superintendent or designated
spokesperson regarding transporting students from the scene.
The driver (or other responsible adult at the scene) will complete an Automobile Ac-
cident Report immediately following the incident.
Only the superintendent, principals or designated school personnel will contact
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Only the superintendent or designated spokesperson will speak with media re-
garding the incident.

Special Dress Days


The administration may announce (via the Lion Cub ePAWS) special dress days
for preschool through twelfth grade students.

Spiritwear Days - students may wear:


Regular uniform bottoms (slacks, skorts, skirts, etc.) or blue jeans.
SJCS Spiritwear tops that have been purchased from or through the school (this
year or previously) such as:
T-shirts
Sweatshirts
Hoodies
Official SJCS team shirts
Regular uniform shirts
Students may NOT wear homemade items.
Students may NOT wear frayed/altered items (cut off sleeves, etc.)

Sporting Event Conduct


Because we should honor the Lord in all that we do, it is expected that fans, as well
as players, will conduct themselves in a courteous fashion. We believe in treating op-
ponents, officials, and visitors with respect. This attitude eliminates booing and razz-
ing. We believe in maintaining the highest level of conduct and sportsmanship,
whether in victory or defeat.
Students are not to remain in the building between the end of school and the start
of an extra-curricular event, unless otherwise instructed by their sponsors.

Yearbook
The SJCS yearbook (preschool through twelfth grades) is assembled during the
school year by a staff of high school students. Yearbooks are pre-sold and delivered in
the fall for the previous school year. Any interesting photos, as well as support
through advertising to keep the cost of the yearbook reasonable, are appreciated.

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Child Safety...

Safe at School

Though recent school crises have brought safety issues to the forefront, statistically,
school is still one of the safest environments for your child; and St. Joseph Christian
School is one of the safest schools in the area. Our security system is state of the art,
and emergency drills are held on a regular basis throughout the school year. All staff
members are trained in emergency procedures, and administrators have trained with
local law enforcement personnel.

Our security receptionist diligently monitors activity outside the school building
during school hours. If a visitor will not give a name or does not have a viable pur-
pose in visiting the school, s/he is not allowed to enter. All visitors are required to
sign in at the elementary or high school office.
In the event we need to evacuate and the Outdoor Safe Zone (football field area) is
not secure or is unsafe, students will be relocated to the alternate safe site at Word
of Life Church (north of the school at Riverside and Cook) where parents may pick
up and sign out their child(ren) when safe.
During drills and in emergencies, staff members carry with them an emergency bag
containing a student roster, some medical supplies, and a list of parental contacts.
If you should hear that the school is experiencing an emergency, please do not try to
call your child’s cell phone. In some cases, the ringing of a cell phone could cause a
catastrophe.
Students are not allowed to leave the school building without permission during
school hours.
SJCS administration will always follow local law enforcement directions in an
emergency.

Here is what we are doing to ensure the safety of your child in the event of an
emergency.
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Severe Weather: The administration will monitor threatening weather conditions.
In case of a tornado threat, teachers will direct students to the Weather Safe Zone
where students will assume the weather safe position.

Smoke, Fire, Chemical Leak, Bomb Threat: Students will be directed to evacuate
the building immediately in an orderly manner as directed by their teachers, leaving
behind all belongings, and proceed to the Outdoor Safe Zone. Principals, secretaries,
and custodial staff will leave the building last, ‚sweeping‛ for anyone remaining in the
building.

Physical Threat/Armed Intruder: Response to these emergencies may vary. Gen-


erally, school personnel will lock outside doors and classroom doors until the ‚all
clear‛ is given by law enforcement personnel.

We continue to review and upgrade our safety plans and procedures. Information
on safety is regularly provided to students and staff. Thank you for supporting the
SJCS staff as we labor to make St. Joseph Christian School a safe and pleasant learning
environment for your child.

PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING ALLEGED OR SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE

In accord with state law and school policy, school staff are obligated under penalty
of fine and jail term to report the reasonable suspicion of physical abuse, sexual abuse,
or child neglect. In this very serious and legally narrow area, the school will not con-
tact parents in advance of making a report to authorities, which would be the proce-
dure followed in other legal matters. The clear intent of the law, based on the serious-
ness of the crimes listed above, is to mandate that a report of legal suspicion of abuse
be made. School staff will make such reports in the best interest of the affected child,
and do not, once reasonable suspicion is established, have any legal alternative except
to make the report to the proper authorities for their investigation and review.

Protecting Your Child Against Child Abuse


(Adapted from the Boy Scouts of America)

Parents can best help their children prevent child abuse through education and
guidance. Talking with your child about preventing abuse is the best way to fend off
assault.
More than three million child abuse reports are made each year. An abused or ne-
glected child is one who is harmed, or threatened with physical or mental harm, by the
acts or lack of action of a person responsible for the child’s care. There are many kinds
of child abuse.
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Physical Abuse
The deliberate injury of a child can stem from unreasonable punishment, or by
punishment that is too harsh for the child. It can include injuries such as bruises, bro-
ken bones, burns, and abrasions. Children experience minor injuries as a normal part
of childhood, usually in predictable places such as the shins, knees, and elbows. Inju-
ries in soft-tissue areas on the abdomen or those that don’t seem typical of childhood
injuries may be physical abuse.
Emotional Abuse
Ridicule, rejection, blame, unfavorable comparison, or expecting too much of a
child is emotional abuse and is just as harmful as other forms of abuse. It can damage
the child’s self-concept, and, in extreme cases, can lead to developmental problems and
speech disorders.

Neglect
Neglect is when the persons responsible for the child’s care do not provide food,
clothing, shelter, medical care, education, and supervision. If these basic needs are de-
liberately withheld, neglect must be considered.

Sexual Abuse
When an adult or an older child uses his or her authority over a child to involve the
child in sexual activity, it is sexual abuse, and that person is a child molester. Sexual
abuse includes any activity performed for the sexual satisfaction of the molester. The
molester might use tricks, bribes, threats, or force to persuade the child to join in sex-
ual activity.
Few sexually abused children tell anyone that they have been abused. Children are
usually told to keep the abuse secret. This could involve threats, bribes, or physical
force. Children may feel responsible for the abuse and fear an angry reaction from
their parents. It is important that parents keep lines of communication with their chil-
dren open and that they watch for signs of sexual abuse.
Generally, children do not lie about sexual abuse. However, most children do not
report their abuse, so parents should be alert for other signs including:
Hints, indirect messages—Refusing to go to a friend’s or relative’s home for no
apparent reason.
Seductive or provocative behavior—Acting out adult sexual behavior or using sex-
ual language a child his age is unlikely to know.
Physical symptoms—Irritation of genital or anal areas.
Self-destructive behavior—Using alcohol or drugs, deliberately harming him/
herself, running away, attempting suicide, or sexual recklessness or promiscu-
ity.
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Regression—Behaving like a younger child, thumb sucking, or bed-wetting.
Difficulty at school—sudden drop in grades, behavior problems, or truancy.

Talking with Your Child about Sexual Abuse


Parents often feel uncomfortable talking about sexual abuse with their children. It is
best to not hide your uneasiness as the child may misinterpret your anxiety and
be less likely to approach you if they need help. Say something like, ‚I wish we
did not have to talk about this. I am uncomfortable because I don’t like to think
that this could happen to you. I want you to know that it’s important and you
can come to me whenever you have a question or if anybody ever tries to hurt
you.‛
Children are developing an awareness of their own sexuality and need parental help to
sort out what is and what is not exploitive. Children need specific permission to ask
questions about relationships and feelings. Nonspecific ‚good touch, bad
touch‛ warnings are insufficient, since most of the touching they experience
might be ‚confusing touch.‛ Adolescents also need parental help to set bounda-
ries for their relationships with others—an awareness of when they are being
controlling or abusive.
Many children feel it is more important to be ‚cool‛ than it is to ask questions or seek
parental assistance. Your child might resist discussing this material with you. He
or she might be giggly, unfocused, or restless. They might say they already
know about sexual abuse. That’s all right. Ask them what they know, and just
let him or her know that if and when he or she has a question or problems they
cannot handle by themselves, you will help them.

If Your Child Tells You About Abuse


Don’t panic or overreact to the information your child tells you.
Don’t criticize your child or tell your child he misunderstood what happened.
Do respect your child’s privacy and take your child to a place where the two of
you can talk without interruptions or distractions.
Do reassure your child that he or she is not to blame for what happened. Tell
him or her that you appreciate being told about the incident and will help to
make sure that it won’t happen again.
Do encourage your child to tell the proper authorities what happened, but try
to avoid repeated interviews that can be stressful to the child.
Do consult your family doctor or other child abuse authority about the need for
medical care or counseling for your child.
You should show real concern, but NOT alarm or anger, when questioning your
child about possible sexual abuse.

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Sources of Child Abuse Prevention Information

National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 1182
Washington, DC 20013
1-800-394-3366
National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
332 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60604-4537
312-663-3520

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550
Arlington, VA 22201
1-800-843-5678

Student Sexual Harassment Policy


Policy
This school is committed to maintaining an academic environment in which all in-
dividuals treat each other with dignity and respect and which is free from all forms of
intimidation, exploitation, and harassment, including sexual harassment. This school is
prepared to take action to prevent and correct any violations of this policy. Anyone
who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination
or expulsion.

Definition of sexual harassment


‚Sexual harassment‛ means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual fa-
vors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by some-
one from or of the work or educational setting, including, but not limited to, that oc-
curring under any of the following conditions:

1. Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of


an individual’s academic status or progress.
2. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis
of academic decisions affecting the individual.
3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the in-
dividual’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or of-
fensive educational environment.

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4. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis
for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, hon-
ors, programs, or activities available at or through this school.

Examples of sexual harassment


Unwelcome sexual conduct of this type can include a wide range of verbal, visual,
or physical conduct of a sexual nature. The following are among the types of conduct
that would violate this policy.

1. Unwanted sexual advances or propositions.


2. Offering academic benefits in exchange for sexual favors.
3. Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances.
4. Visual conduct such as leering, making sexual gestures, displaying sexually
suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons, or posters.
5. Verbal conduct such as making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs,
and jokes.
6. Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individ-
ual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive
or obscene letters, notes, or invitations.
7. Physical conduct such as touching, assaulting, or impeding or blocking move-
ments.

Employee-Student Sexual Harassment


Employee-student sexual harassment is prohibited.

Student-Student Sexual Harassment


Student-to-student sexual harassment is prohibited.
Student-to-employee sexual harassment is prohibited.

What to do if you experience or observe sexual harassment


Students who feel that they have been subjected to conduct of a harassing nature
are encouraged to promptly report the matter to one of the school officials designated
below. Students who observe conduct of a sexually harassing nature are also encour-
aged to report the matter to one of the school officials designated below. Employees
who feel that they have been subjected to conduct of a harassing nature or who ob-
serve or otherwise have reasonable grounds to suspect the occurrence of a conduct of
sexually harassing nature shall report the matter to one of the school officials desig-
nated below, and shall in addition, report to the Missouri Division of Family Services
within twenty-four hours of becoming apprised of same, any matter, including abuse

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or neglect of a person under the age of eighteen by those responsible for that person’s
care, custody, and control. All complaints will be promptly investigated.
Where to report sexual harassment
The following individuals are specifically authorized to receive complaints and to
respond to questions regarding sexual harassment.

Lydia Zuidema
Superintendant, Elementary Principal
816-279-1555 X505

Confidentiality
Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the parties involved in any com-
plaint. However, the school reserves the right to fully investigate every complaint and
to notify a student’s parent/guardian and appropriate government officials as the cir-
cumstances warrant.

Protection against retaliation


It is against the school’s policy to discriminate or retaliate against any person who
has filed a complaint concerning sexual harassment or has testified, assisted, or partici-
pated in any investigation proceeding or hearing concerning sexual harassment.

Procedure for investigation of the complaint/corrective action


When one of the school officials designated in this policy receives a complaint, he
or she shall immediately inform the principal. The principal will direct an investiga-
tion. If the principal is alleged to be responsible for the sexual harassment, a school ad-
ministrator will direct an investigation. In either case, should the investigation confirm
the allegations, prompt corrective actions shall be taken, provided, however, that any
teacher, principal, school official (or volunteer exercising supervision over students
during a school-sponsored activity) who observes or otherwise has reasonable
grounds to suspect the occurrence of an incident of abuse or neglect of a person under
the age of eighteen by those responsible for that person’s care, custody, and control,
shall report such incident or cause such incident to be reported to the Missouri Divi-
sion of Family Services within twenty-four hours of being apprised of the same.

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Preschool
Supplement

Additional Information for Preschool Parents


PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL
‚How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called chil-
dren of God! And that is what we are!‛ I John 3:1

We believe that God has given parents the responsibility to educate their children
and rear them in the ‚fear and admonition of the Lord.‛ As your delegated authority
to work with you in this sacred endeavor, it is our privilege to share biblical truths as
well as academic knowledge. The classroom provides a wonderful setting to apply and
practice these principles. We will incorporate Bible stories, memory verses, academic
skills, structured playtime, as well as music, library storytime, and outside time, to of-
fer your child a well-rounded learning experience.

Academically
Children will be introduced to the following:
Phonetic sounds for each letter of the alphabet
Letter-sound combinations to form words
Number identification from 0 to 20
Number concepts from 1–10

Socially
We will work on the following concepts:
Obedience
Sharing
Self-control
Taking turns
Waiting patiently
Using words to solve problems

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Spiritually
We will introduce the following truths:
The Bible is God’s Word
We are to love God with all our hearts
We love God by obeying His Word and by loving others

Classroom rules will reflect above objectives

ADDITIONAL ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL PROCEDURES-PRESCHOOL


Complete arrival/dismissal procedures appear on page 55. Please read those
first.
Morning preschool will begin at 8AM; afternoon preschool will begin at noon. Stu-
dents may be dropped off as early as 7:40AM (11:55AM for afternoon) and must be
picked up no later than 11:10AM (3:10PM for afternoon), unless other arrangements
have been made with the administration. Preschool students will gather on the play-
ground or follow instructions given them by their teachers. Please make sure that all
students are here by 7:55 (11:55 for afternoon) so that classes may begin promptly at
8:00 (Noon).
All loading/unloading of preschool students and their older siblings will be done
on the east parking lot, in the circle drive near the prek/k classrooms. The only excep-
tion: Prek/ K students who leave mid-day for an appointment must be signed out/ in
by a parent and leave through the west (office) doors. The west (office) entrance will be
used in the morning for unloading of first through sixth graders who do not have
prek/k siblings. The west parking lot is reserved for staff and guests.
At the beginning of the school year, Preschool parents will be asked to complete a
Ride Authorization Card listing persons who have permission to pick up students from
school. These cards are kept in the classroom for easy reference by the teacher.
If you are running late please call the school so we can reassure your child that you
are on your way. We want everything about school to be a positive experience. Chil-
dren left waiting and wondering often transfer their fear of being left at school to not
wanting to come. When a child is not picked up promptly, the school secretary will call
the parent and the child will wait outside the school office. Parents, please note, there
is no supervision for children after 11AM (3:15PM for afternoon). We greatly appreci-
ate your cooperation in picking up your children promptly.
Please send a note informing the teacher of any planned change in the ride home.
Verbal instructions to your child are easily forgotten! A phone call to the secretary will
be necessary if plans change during the school day. We want to keep your child as
safe as possible and will only release them to those for whom we have permission.
This includes going home with a friend from class. Thank you for your cooperation.

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Discuss questions or fears with your child before the first day of school. If you have
a positive attitude and look forward to the first day of school, your child will probably
do the same. Though you are always welcome to visit the classroom, we ask that you
plan to do so after the first two weeks of school are completed. This allows your child
time to adjust and feel confident in his or her new surroundings. Please keep the teach-
ers informed of changes, such as a move, a newborn sibling, babysitter changes, etc.
This will help us to understand changes in behavior at school and allow us to pray for
your child during the transition process.

ASSESSMENT
An informal assessment will be made of your child during the first month of
school. This will help the teacher meet specific needs that may not be addressed in the
regular curriculum. Before Parent/Teacher conferences (October and March), another
screening will be done to help track progress and areas of development that need extra
help. These assessments, along with a list of objectives, will help both parents and
teachers determine kindergarten readiness. Students’ work will be kept throughout the
year to be shared with parents during conferences.

DISCIPLINE
Discipline is a process that helps children develop self-control, obedience, and ap-
propriate behavior. With that in mind, behavioral problems within the classroom will
be handled with consistency, based on realistic expectations and your child’s stage of
development. Problems will be solved when possible within the classroom, and your
child will be a part of the solution (i.e. learning to use words to solve conflicts and to
actively come up with compromises to solve disputes over toys, etc.).
Discipline steps:
Reminder of the rules
Time out (removal from situation), prayer
Time off from an activity (recess or centers)
Notes or phone calls to parents
Visit with the principal

TEACHERS’ WEEKLY LETTER


Communication between school and home is essential to your preschooler’s suc-
cess! Parents are strongly encouraged to establish a habit of thoroughly reading the
teacher’s weekly letter, sent home each Friday, for news about what we have learned,
upcoming events, etc. Once you have read the teacher’s weekly letter, if you still have
questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

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PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Scheduled conferences are held twice a year. Appointments may be made by call-
ing the office. A reminder to call will be communicated through the teacher’s weekly
letter and the biweekly announcements. These are important times to ask questions
and to see your child’s progress. Other conferences may be made by appointment.

PARENTS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER (P.A.C.T)


PACT meetings are held periodically during the school year. These meetings will
take place in the first one and one-half hours of your child’s school day. This is a time
for you to actively participate in your child’s school day as well as gain insight into
how your child learns. You will be notified of scheduled meeting times.

UNIT OF STUDY OR THEMES


During the school year, we will be incorporating ‚units‛ into our learning. This
provides a way to learn about God, the ABC’s, and ‚1,2,3’s‛ as well as encouraging so-
cial and physical development in many different ways. These themes will be noted on
your monthly calendar.
A tentative schedule of units of study are as follows:
September: Bears
October: Fall/pumpkins and apples
November: Thanksgiving combined with learning about the pilgrims and the
native Americans
December: Christmas
January: Winter and Self-concept
February: Love and friendship, Community helpers
March: Dinosaurs
April: Easter, Fun on the farm
May: Spring!, Bugs

MEMORY VERSES
We will learn one memory verse per month using songs from Steve Green’s Hide
‘Em in Your Heart melodies. Concentrating on just one verse a month will truly give
your preschooler time to internalize and act upon the meaning of the Scripture. Hope-
fully, by the end of the preschool year, they will have nine verses forever written upon
their hearts!

September: ‚Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may


become blameless and pure children of God‛ Phil. 2:14.
October: ‚When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God whose Word I praise, in
God I trust‛ Ps. 56:34.

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November: ‚Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies‛ Ps.
34:13.
December: ‚Children obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right‛ Eph. 6:1.
January: ‚Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved‛ Acts 16:31.
February: ‚So in everything you do, do to others what you would have them do
to you for this sums up the law and the prophets‛ Matt. 7:12.
March: ‚Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good‛ Rom. 12:21.
April: ‚Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of
the Lord! Hosanna in the highest. So the multitude says, ‘This is Jesus’‛ Matt.
21:9.
May: ‚Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and
right‛ Prov. 20:11.

MILK MONEY
Preschoolers will have a milk break (twenty-five cents per carton) each day. Pre-
school students bring milk money for the month in a sealed envelope marked with
‚Milk Money‛ and student’s name. Milk money is collected on the first day of the
month. The teacher will communicate with parents regarding the exact amount due
each month (based on the number of school days in the month). Exact change is required,
or make check for exact amount payable to SJCS.

SNACKS
School policy warrants that only unopened, prepackaged, commercially avail-
able (not homemade) snacks may be served. The teacher will provide a list of appro-
priate, healthy snack options. Students will take turns choosing a snack from the list to
bring and share. Please watch the teacher’s weekly letter for your date to furnish
snacks. The Snack/ Show & Tell Bag will come home with your child the school day
before you are to send snacks. For example: On Monday your child may bring home
the Snack/ Show and Tell Bag. That means that on Tuesday (or the next day school is
in session) your child will be providing snacks and sharing a show and tell item.

SHOW AND TELL


‚Show and Tell‛ will be a time of sharing for your child. He or she may bring a
special object, picture, toy, or, better yet, an object relating to a class activity, unit of
study, or alphabet letter of the week! Self-expression is an important skill. Show and
Tell is meant to help children improve their speaking ability, to develop poise, to be-
come good listeners, and to learn to ask questions. Your interest in your child’s contri-
bution will make the discussions interesting and create a feeling that this is an impor-
tant activity. Whatever your child chooses to bring should fit in the Snack/Show and
Tell bag, unless other arrangements have been made. (Please limit your child to one
item.)
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RECESS
Please dress your child adequately to play outdoors, according to the weather. We will
have outside recess in cold weather and mittens and hats will be needed. Children
need fresh air playtime, and we will follow school guidelines regarding time spent
outdoors.

TEACHER’S MAILBOX
There will be a ‚mailbox‛ in the classroom for your child to deposit any notes or
permissions slips. Your child may also leave prayer requests he or she would like to
share with the class. We will pray for these requests at the end of the day and will re-
view them periodically to see how God has been working!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The PTF Room Representative (see page 18), is a volunteer who contacts parents to
line up other volunteers to take care of needs in the room, such as washing toys, cut-
ting out supplies for art projects, and planning/coordinating snacks for the last day of
preschool celebration.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Preschool will participate in the elementary Christmas program. You will be con-
tacted about any costumes or props needed. You will also be notified well in advance
of the date of the program.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


There will be a formal presentation of awards on the last day of preschool. A short
program will be performed and a reception held in their honor. If for any reason it
seems your child would benefit from another year of preschool, he or she will still par-
ticipate in the festivities with no mention made of the next year.

TYPICAL PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT


God has designed your child with a unique timetable for development. As concepts
are introduced, preschoolers will master them at different rates. While encouragement
is always appropriate, please relax and enjoy this special time, and let God work glori-
ously in your child according to His design. (For kindergarten readiness details please
see page 42.)

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PRESCHOOL DRESS CODE
God is glorified when we conduct ourselves in good taste and modesty and when our
dress is appropriate for the occasion. The preschool dress code is designed with the
active routine of school life in mind.

Points to remember:
Note solid colors only on all clothing items; belts not required.
Ball caps/hats are not acceptable.
Consider wearing shorts under skirts/dresses for modesty while playing/sitting on
floor.
Dress students in layers to keep them comfortable as classroom temperatures are
cool (68-72 degrees) and students warm up at recess.
The teacher may announce days when students will have an opportunity to dress
in a special manner to coincide with something they are studying (Hats for the letter
‚H‛) or for school spirit week, etc. Parents may check the teacher’s weekly letters
home for information about special dress days.

Clothing item: Color: Style: Not acceptable:_______________


Shirts/Blouses Any Oxford T Shirts
Solid only Polo Sleeveless
Peter Pan Athletic
Turtleneck
____________________________________________________________________________
Sweaters/ Any Pullover Hoodies
Sweatshirts Solid only Cardigan
Acceptable shirt/blouse must be worn underneath sweaters/sweatshirts
____________________________________________________________________________
Pants Any Denim Athletic
Solid only Slacks
____________________________________________________________________________
Shorts Any Denim Athletic
Solid only Walking
Short length 4‛ above kneecap or longer
____________________________________________________________________________
Skorts Any Athletic
Capris Solid only
Skort length 4‛ above kneecap or longer
____________________________________________________________________________
Dresses/Skirts/ Any Sleeveless
Length 4‛ above kneecap or longer

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Jumpers Solid only
No part of tummy/back may be exposed.
____________________________________________________________________________
Shoes Any Any closed style Sandals, Mules, Boots
Velcro closures make preschool life easier! Socks required. Heels no greater than 1‛.
Tennis shoes for Any Athletic Blacksole
indoor recess (used okay). Velcro closures strongly recommended.

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Kindergarten
Supplement

Additional Information for Kindergarten Parents

PURPOSE
We believe that each student should increase in wisdom and in stature, in favor
with God and man (Luke 2:52). Our kindergarten curriculum strives to address the
whole child and help them achieve:
wisdom: cognitively
stature: physically
favor with God: spiritually
favor with man: socially
Proverbs 22:6 reads, ‚Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old
he will not depart from it.‛ To ‚train‛ means to exercise, to discipline, to teach and
form by practice. When a child is trained, it becomes part of his character. As it be-
comes part of his spirit, he has to go against his spirit to do the wrong thing.
Our goals in kindergarten are to train children to:
1. respect authority
2. be attentive
3. obey willingly
4. apply themselves diligently
5. do their best
6. learn to work hard
7. learn rules and apply them

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CURRICULUM
Bible “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
Using ABeka, ACSI and Character First curriculums we will study both Old and New
Testament figures to learn how to be more like Jesus. Memory verses are recited each
Friday. ‚Missions Mike‛ will introduce us to missionaries around the world. We will
make application of Bible truths to our daily lives and begin to develop practices of
godly behavior.
Phonics “For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule, a little here, a lit-
tle there.” Isaiah 28:10 We will learn the sounds of each letter, blend them and begin
reading this year. Reading circles will begin the first part of December. Using the
ABeka program we will begin practice and drill of phonics to begin students on a solid
base for reading. We will learn many phonetic rules and increase vocabulary.
Reading “When your words came I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s de-
light.” Jeremiah 15:16 Students will learn to read through phonemic awareness activi-
ties and phonics instruction while being exposed to a variety of colorful and interest-
ing books. Through the modeling of skills and group work, students will also practice
the beginning stages of reading for understanding. Reading instruction will consist of
whole group work as well as individualized instruction in the small group setting, or
reading circles.
We finish our day with story time. We are excited to share books from home, espe-
cially large picture books with good text. Holiday time is a particularly fun time to
send books. These books will not be freely passed among the students for silent read-
ing time; only read aloud and returned.
Science “I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm
119:14 We will study animals, seasons, the weather, and our bodies to show the won-
ders of God’s designs.
Math “But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” 1 Corinthians
14:40 We will learn to work with the following number concepts: less than/ more than,
before, after, between, smallest, and largest. We will learn to count to 100 by l’s, 2’s,
5’s, and 10’s. Number families and addition facts to 10 will be covered. Telling time,
money, and subtraction concepts will be introduced.
Writing “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes
9:10 Children will learn to write numbers, letters, blends, words and then sentences.
Emphasis is placed in working slowly and carefully. Students will have a standard to
follow and be encouraged to diligently work to meet it.
Social Studies “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19 We
will learn how God directs the lives of people in order to accomplish His will. Com-
munity Helpers will be studied with emphasis placed on following God’s plan for our
lives. Using the ABeka curriculum we will study Our Great Country, America as well
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Physical Education “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy
Spirit?” 1 Cor. 6:19 We will participate in a weekly P.E. time to develop many motor
skills as well as practice Christ-like behavior with peers while participating in games
and activities. On the day we have P.E. we do not usually have recess.
Recess “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under
heaven.” Ecc. 3:1 Young children have an abundance of energy and a short attention
span. Recess allows an opportunity to release energy and return to the classroom bet-
ter able to focus on their work. We will attempt to play outside if at all possible so
please dress your child accordingly. Please mark all balls and play equipment brought
from home.
Music “Sing joyfully to the Lord” Psalm 33:1 We will incorporate songs into every-
thing possible in the classroom, from vowel sounds to addition using finger plays, ac-
tion songs, and rhymes. In addition, students will have a weekly lesson with the mu-
sic teacher as well as participate in the elementary Christmas program.
Art “For by Him were all things created” 1Corinthians 1:16 We will have a weekly
lesson with the art teacher. Throughout the year we will also do a variety of hands-on
projects in the classroom complementing our language arts and other subjects.
Snacks “Taste and see that the Lord is good” Psalm 34:8 White milk or chocolate milk
is provided each day during our break. Please send money for the month in the ziploc
bag provided in your child’s take home folder. Please alert us to any milk allergy or
restriction in choice of drink; otherwise your child may choose each day. We will ro-
tate bringing snacks on Wednesdays for a special treat.

BOOK BAGS
Please check these daily for notes and work brought home. There will be reading
homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the second semester. Since each child
only has 1 reader it will be very important to make sure it is returned the next day.
When readers are finished there will be a sticker on the front indicating that it is com-
pleted and stays at home.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL


Discuss questions or fears with your child before the first day of school. If you have
a positive attitude and look forward to the first day of school, your child will probably
do the same. We ask that parents not visit the classroom the first few weeks of school.
This allows your child time to adjust and feel confident in his or her new surround-
ings. Please keep the teachers informed of changes, such as a move, a newborn sibling
etc. This will help us to understand changes in behavior at school and allow us to pray
for your child during the transition process.
at home.

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ADDITIONAL ARRIVAL/ DISMISSAL PROCEDURES—KINDERGARTEN
Complete arrival/dismissal procedures appear on page 55. Please read those first.
Students may be dropped off as early as 7:40AM and must be picked up no later
than 3:15PM, unless other arrangements have been made with the administration. Kin-
dergarten students will gather on the east playground, outside their classrooms, or fol-
low instructions given them by their teachers. In case of inclement weather, children
will be directed to wait inside. Generally, so that teachers may have time to finish
preparation for the day, students will not be allowed to enter classrooms before school.
Please make sure that all students are here by 7:55 so that classes may begin promptly
at 8:00.
All unloading of preschool/ kindergarten students and their older siblings will be
done on the east parking lot, in the circle drive near the prek/k classrooms. At dis-
missal, kindergarten students and their older elementary siblings are dismissed from
the PreK/K loop. The only exception: Prek/ K students who leave mid-day for an ap-
pointment must be signed out/ in by a parent and leave through the west (office)
doors. The west (office) entrance will be used in the morning for unloading of first
through sixth graders who do not have prek/k siblings. The west parking lot is re-
served for staff and guests.
If you are running late please call the school so we can reassure your child that
you are on your way. We want everything about school to be a positive experience.
Children left waiting and wondering often transfer their fear of being left at school to
not wanting to come. When a child is not picked up promptly, the school secretary will
call the parent and the child will wait outside the school office. Parents, please note,
there is no supervision for children after 3:15PM. We greatly appreciate your coopera-
tion in picking up your children promptly.
Please send a note informing the teacher of any planned change in the ride
home. Verbal instructions to your child are easily forgotten! A phone call to the secre-
tary will be necessary if plans change during the school day. We want to keep your
child as safe as possible and will only release them to those for whom we have permis-
sion to do so. This includes going home with a friend from class. Thank you for your coop-
eration.
DISCIPLINE
This is most likely a major learning area for all 5 and 6 year-olds. Emphasis will be
made on positive behaviors with various rewards and encouragement. When a child
is rightly related to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, discipline problems are mini-
mized. Discipline challenges can find solutions when principles from God’s Word are
applied. We want to work together with you in this approach. We will work in kin-
dergarten to develop habits of: orderliness, honesty, obedience, cooperation, persever-
ance, self-control, attentiveness, confidence, responsibility, endurance, helpfulness,
neatness, patience, and respect.

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Using Matthew 7:12 as our guide, we have a few simple classroom rules:
Raise your hand to speak. (I can only listen to one friend at a time)
Ask permission to leave your seat.
Learn to respect others by keeping your hands, feet, and supplies away
from others.
‚Do to others what you would have them do to you‛
Since God disciplines those He loves (Heb. 12:6), after a few weeks we will be-
gin to implement consequences for misbehavior.
1. Reminder of rules/correction from teacher.
2. Prayer
3. Head down on table or natural consequence*
4. Time off of recess or centers
5. Note home, conference with parents
6. Visit with principal who will decide the next course of action
Please help your child understand Heb. 12:11, ‚No discipline seems pleasant at
the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and
peace for those who have been trained by it.‛
*If they lean back on their chair they will need to stand instead of sit for a
few minutes. We love them too much to see them fall backwards and hurt themselves.

LUNCH, SNACKS, AND MILK


Lunch
Kindergarten students eat lunch in the classroom (see School Lunches, page 64).
Students who wish to purchase milk/juice for lunchtime must bring money for the
week in a sealed envelope marked with ‚Lunch Milk Money‛ and student’s name.

Snack time
Kindergarten students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack for snack time
each day. The teacher will provide a list of appropriate healthy snack options.
White milk or chocolate milk is provided each day during our break. Please
alert us to any milk allergy or restriction in choice of drink; otherwise your child may
choose. Students bring snack time milk money for the month and it is collected on the
first day of the month. The teacher will communicate with parents regarding the exact
amount due each month (based on the number of school days in the month). Exact
change is required, or make check for exact amount payable to SJCS.

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SPECIAL EVENTS
School Parties
We will celebrate Christmas and Valentine’s Day with a class party. Details will
come home in the newsletter prior to each holiday. Please note: we do ask that parents
not bring younger siblings to classroom parties/activities. Classroom space is limited,
and, more importantly, it is nearly impossible for parents to share this special time
with their student if they are supervising younger siblings.
Parents, should be aware that it is very awkward for teachers/room mothers when
a parent or two ignore this direction and show up at a class gathering with younger
siblings in tow. Thank you in advance for making other arrangements for your littler
ones during classroom parties.

Grandparent’s’ Day
Grandparents’ Day is a delightful time to celebrate family and loving relationships.
Grandparents are invited to join us for this special day, as well as any other time they
may be visiting with you.

Thanksgiving Tea
This event is held in November for kindergarten parents. We will finish our study on
gratefulness with this opportunity to serve you.

Kindergarten Graduation
This is our grand finale with costumes, scenery, songs, and recitation to apply our
learning from the year.

Show and Tell


Show and Tell is a time to learn the difference between asking a question and telling
information, speaking in complete sentences, and feeling comfortable in front of a
group.
1 Peter 3:15 exhorts us to always be ready to give an answer when asked about our
hope in Christ. Show and Tell gives early practice in public speaking , hopefully lay-
ing the groundwork for one day sharing their personal testimony of what the Lord has
done for them.
TEACHERS’ WEEKLY LETTER
Communication between school and home is essential to your kindergartener’s suc-
cess! Parents are strongly encouraged to establish a habit of thoroughly reading the
teacher’s weekly letter, sent home each Friday, for news about what we have learned,
upcoming events, student behavior and Bible memory verse scores. Once you have
read the teacher’s weekly letter, if you still have questions, please feel free to contact
your child’s teacher.

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Index

Absence for appointment 36 Electronic devices 42


Absence for illness 36 Elem. class mgmt. 38
Absence for vacation 36 Enrichment classes 28
Academic activities 71 Enrollment policies 49
Academic Modifications Prog. 29 Field trips 75
Accreditation 12 Fines (textbook) 40
Alcohol 40 First grade readiness 54
Arrival/dismissal procedures 65 Forgotten items, My child forgot
Athletic activities 72 his/her_____! (see Visitation policy)
Athletic Booster Club 23 Food service 57
Attendance policies/procedures 35 Girls’ dress code 44
Basketball (See athletic activities) Grading scale 28
Behavioral expectations 37 Grade reports 30
Birthdays 75 Gum chewing 40
Budget 22 History 9
Boys’ dress code 46 Homework policy 30
Calendar 63 Inclement weather 58
Campus map 68 Insurance 59
Chapel 75 Kindergarten readiness 52
Child abuse 79 Kindergarten Supplement 95
Clean up 39 Late payment policy 50
Core Values 11 Leaving campus 41
Curriculum 27 Library (see Media Center)
Discipline 38 Lost and found 59
Dress code 43 Lost property 39
Drivers (see Field Trips) Lunch 69
Drugs 40 Media Center 59
Early outs 62

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Medical care 60 Volunteer hours 22
Medications 60 Weapons possession 42
Milk (see Lunch) Welcome from Administrators 7
Mission statement 11 Withdrawal from SJCS. 51
Newsletter The Lions Legacy 61 Yearbook 78
Non-discrimination policy 14
Off-limits areas 40
One Call Now 58
Parent Teacher Fellowship 24
Parent/teacher conferences 61
Parental involvement 20
Physical contact 41
Pick up procedures (see Arrival/ Dismissal
procedures)
Preschool Supplement 87
Profanity/swearing 37
Proper address (see Respect)
Recess 61
Recycling 62
School Board 14
School hours 62
SCRIP 25
Search and Seizure Policy 41
SEARCH test 33
Snow days (see Inclement weather)
Spiritwear days 78
Standardized testing 33
Statement of faith 12
Statement of position 13
Student cumulative files 34
Supply list 62
Tardiness 35
Telephone system 69
Telephone usage (student) 69
Tobacco 37
Video tapes 42
Visitors 70

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